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Spanish duo 'set to quit Anfield' for Manchester moves

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Liverpool’s Spanish duo Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres are on the verge of sensationally quitting the club in January, the Mirror have revealed.

Reina has been linked with a surprise move to Manchester United in the last week, while Torres has been attracting interest from United’s rivals City.

According to the red-top, both players have grown frustrated at the lack of investment in the Liverpool playing squad after being given assurances in the summer.

Both had the chance to leave Anfield in the previous transfer window – with Chelsea reportedly tabling a £50 million bid for Torres while Arsenal offered £20 million for the shot-stopper.

However, after talks with the Liverpool hierarchy, led by Christian Purslow, they were persuaded to stay after being told the club would spend £50 million in the next two transfer windows.

The money has not materialised and the World Cup winners are on the verge of taking advantage of an escape clause in their Liverpool contracts, which would allow then to move to Manchester.

The Eastlands club have been chasing Torres since the summer but, unlike rivals Chelsea, decided against lodging a bid.

With the striker’s value having stayed the same, though, Roberto Mancini is likely to feel he can get the best out of the mis-firing 26-year-old.

Manchester United, meanwhile, are currently looking at players to replace Edwin van der Sar when the Dutchman, who turns 40 next Friday, calls it a day.

And Sir Alex Ferguson sees Reina as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League and the natural heir to van der Sar’s throne.

The news will be devastating for Liverpool after their poor start to the season sees them languishing in the relegation zone after nine games.

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