Having captured the signature of long-term target Luis Suarez from Ajax on Friday for £22.5m, Liverpool fans excitement quickly turned to despair after news filtered through that Torres had handed in a written transfer request – initially turned down by the club.
With a first bid of £35million rejected, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has dusted off the cheque book and come back with an improved £50million offer that is likely to see the Spaniard complete a last-gasp move to Stamford Bridge reports The Sun.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish will plunge straight back into the transfer market in a bid to resurrect Kop fans belief that their beloved club are once again moving in the right direction, and will offer £30million to Newcastle United for the services of star striker Andy Carroll as a sign of intent.
Carroll, 22, has caught the eye of many in his debut season for Newcastle in the top-flight having already notched eleven goals in nineteen Barclays Premier League appearances.
He has been the subject of a £25m bid from Tottenham Hotspur this window, only for it to be ruled out by Toon chiefs, and manager Alan Pardew must have been hoping that signalled an end to the speculation – at least for this window, as the Magpies battle to hold on to their prize asset.
Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli has made the young England striker his number one target and has spent the past 72 hours trying to broker a deal.
Carroll is likely to triple his £30,000-a-week wages by moving to Anfield, and in addition may be tempted by the prospect of linking up with 24-year-old Suarez who has a fantastic strike rate himself having scored 81 goals in 108 appearances for Ajax.
Of course, the whole deal hinges on the completion of Torres moving to Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea in order to generate the cash needed for Carroll. If Comolli can pull off a shock deal, Liverpool will have paid out in excess of £50million for two players in only a matter of days.