Anfield boss admits that El Nino is not a happy bunny.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini wants to sign Fernando Torres – but only if the price is right.
New Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has admitted Torres, 26, is unhappy with the club but any City approach depends on the striker wanting to move.
“Torres is one of the best strikers in Europe and is already playing in the Premier League for three years and knows it very well,” said Mancini.
“But it depends on his situation – his price and whether he wants to come.”
Liverpool have placed a reported £70m valuation on the player, who has also been mentioned as a possible Chelsea target.
Torres last saw action as Spain won the World Cup final, limping off in extra-time with a groin injury shortly after playing a major role in Andres Iniesta’s winning goal against the Netherlands.
However, he is expected to be fit for the start of the season, with Liverpool facing Arsenal on 15 August and Manchester City playing Tottenham a day earlier.
The forward, who joined Liverpool from Atletico Madrid in 2007, signed a new deal at Anfield last year but is believed to be unhappy with the club because he feels let down by broken promises regarding investment in new players.
Hodgson wants to keep him but has conceded: “Unfortunately, I cannot do much more. His beef is with the club and not me.” (BBC Sport)
This is not good news for Liverpool fans. Roy Hodgson confirming that the Spanish international goal machine is unhappy at the club will be like a red rag to the Manchester City bull. Roberto Mancini will surely now come at the club with a very large offer, however it would be very very unlikely that the former Atletico Madrid man would move to Eastlands and in fact if he did leave Anfield it would surely only be to return to Spain.
The new Liverpool boss has a lot of work cut out for him in terms of keeping his crop of players happy. Steven Gerrard happily committed his future to the club but it seems Fernando Torres is unwilling to do the same. One wonders what would happen if indeed City made an offer in the region of the £70m valuation. What then would the American owners do?
Clearly if they even open themselves up to considering a potential offer then this would signal to the 26 year old striker that he is expendable and then it would only be a matter of time before a deal was struck. Hodgson can ill afford to lose such a prized asset and will dearly love to see the prolific goalscorer commit himself to the club, but as the former Fulham boss points out, his beef is with the club and therefore he is almost powerless to intercede.