Barca intensify chase for Liverpool ace Torres

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Barcelona are reportedly ready to intensify their chase for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres.

The Spanish striker is seen as pivotal the future of the Reds, but the sacking of compatriot Rafael Benitez coupled with a lack of Champions League football could prove to be decisive factors over 'El Nino's' future.

The Daily Mirror reports that newly-elected Barcelona president Sandro Rosell is 'determined' to sign Torres this summer, and is willing to fight Chelsea and Manchester City for the coveted signature.

Torres, who's valued by the Merseyside club at £70 million, has been in wonderful form since moving to Anfield and is already regarded as a Kop legend. A move would be a devastating blow for the Liverpool faithful, and could see other stars such as Steven Gerrard follow him out of the door.

The fastest player to score 50 league goals in the club's history, 26-year-old Torres has always remained committed to the Anfield cause and recently spoke of a desire to stay with the club.

However, the former Atletico striker is a wanted man, unsurprising considering his 22 goals in 30 appearances last season.

The lure of the Nou Camp will undoubtedly be strong, and the Reds might struggle to turn down such a huge offer with the financial restrictions currently under the famous Premier League club.

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