July 17, 2019

Torres flies to Chelsea as Liverpool talks to Carroll

Yes Fernando you are very pretty, but you had better get out of town quick before you get a big farewell Liverpool kiss from the fans and lose those looks.

Liverpool striker striker Fernando Torres is on his way to Premier League rivals Chelsea for a reported £50m as the January transfer window closes.

Chelsea’s deal for Torres makes him the most expensive footballer in the United Kingdom eclipsing the £47m paid by Manchester City for Carlos Tevez in 2009.

The Reds had initially rejected a £35m bid from Chelsea after Torres’ transfer request was turned down on Friday. But Torres has been in poor goal scoring form by his standards this season (9 from 26 games)and clearly not happy with his current address, so it was an ideal time to free up much needed cash on Merseyside.

Not that the cash will sit in the bank long because Newcastle’s Andy Carroll is on his way to Liverpool for £35m which will be a UK record fee for a domestic player if it goes through.

This is a gamble for Liverpool Manager Kenny Dalglish as Carroll has been in rich goal scoring form this season for Newcastle, but is still a relative novice at the Premier League level.

Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez is also on his way to Anfield from Ajax in a £23m deal. Dalglish said “Movement is part and parcel of football but the most important people at Liverpool Football Club are the ones who want to be here.”

Torres obviously did not and his late transfer request did not go down well with a club already frustrated over some of his past transfer antics.

Torres said when he re-signed with Liverpool after last years World Cup in South Africa “My commitment and loyalty to the club and to the fans is the same as it was on my first day when I signed.” Ok so that was limited commitment and even less loyalty was it Fernando?

Good on Kenny for putting a show pony like Torres in his place and letting him go to the club where all show ponies go to see out their career – Chelsea. Now Didier Drogba will probably throw his toys out of the cot with the arrival of Torres and strain a hamstring doing it.

Nice to see also that the old Roman Abramovich flamboyance is alive and well. Chelsea despite winning the Premier League and the FA Cup has reported £70.9m loss in the year to June 2010. What better way to reign in the cash flow than splash out £50m on Fernando.