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Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti did not want to answer questions about his club's pursuit of Fernando Torres after their FA Cup fourth-round clash at Everton.

The Londoners are thought to be preparing a second bid for the Liverpool striker after an initial offer, thought to be worth £35million, was rejected but prompted the player to make a transfer request. Liverpool have also turned down Torres' request but it may have given Chelsea enough encouragement to move again for the 26-year-old before Monday's transfer deadline.

"I don't know, we will have to wait. There is no change," was all the Italian would say when asked on the matter.

Ancelotti's cup holders recovered from a poor start to the second half to maintain their grip on the FA Cup with a 75th-minute equaliser from substitute Salomon Kalou in a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.

Everton had been rewarded for a strong spell of a pressure with a 62nd-minute opener from Louis Saha and almost claimed a second through Seamus Coleman. The Irishman was first denied by Petr Cech as he met a Leighton Baines cross with a firm header and Michael Essien reacted quickly to prevent him tucking in the rebound.

The true value of that excellent defensive work became clear moments later.

Everton boss David Moyes said: "The team played well and I am disappointed we have not gone through.

"It all roughly hinged on a save by Petr Cech and a block by Essien. That could have made it 2-0 but from that corner, instead of us scoring, they scored.

"I think the pass from (Nicolas) Anelka when they broke on us was meant for Ramires, it was actually slightly behind Ramires and ran on to Kalou.

"But you give them credit for getting players forward on a counter-attack."

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Petr Cech
Seamus Coleman
Football
Salomon Kalou
Chelsea
Premier League
Ramires
Fernando Torres
Everton
FA Cup
Louis Saha
Leighton Baines
Michael Essien
Liverpool

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