Premier League : Liverpool reject Torres bid
Liverpool have rejected a Chelsea bid worth a reported £35million for striker Fernando Torres, according to a spokesperson. The shock story emerged in the early hours of Friday morning ahead of the end of the transfer window on Monday.
However, a Liverpool spokesperson has claimed that the defending Premier League champions have attempted an audacious bid for the striker, which has been rejected by their top-flight rivals.
"Chelsea have made a bid for Fernando which has been turned down," a Liverpool spokesperson told The Times.
"The player is not for sale."
Since Kenny Dalglish has taken charge, Torres, 26, has rediscovered the form which made him a star when he first moved to Liverpool from Atletico Madrid in a club-record deal.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is a known long-time admirer of the Spain international but has been unsuccessful in past attempts to lure the player away from Anfield and Liverpool are determined to fend off any new interest. However, it seems likely the Blues will not be disuaded so easily.
There has been much speculation about Torres' future but it began to grow after the club finished seventh in the Barclays Premier League last term.
He returned to Merseyside as a World Cup winner but, with Chelsea seemingly prepared to make a bid, he insisted his commitment to the Reds was the same as when he signed in the summer of 2007.
However, his - and the club's - early-season form did little to dispel those rumours as the striker cut a frustrated and agitated figure on the pitch as Liverpool endured their worst start to a campaign since 1953/54.
Matters were not helped when it emerged a £50million buy-out clause had been inserted into his contract - which runs until 2013.
But since the appointment of Dalglish to replace Roy Hodgson nearly three weeks ago Torres has looked a rejuvenated player and in his last four matches has scored three times - which would have been four had he not had an effort against Fulham on Wednesday wrongly ruled out for offside.
Owners Fenway Sports Group, who took over the club in October, are keen to invest in the squad to ensure the likes of Torres can satisfy their desire for success with Liverpool.
To that end they are still trying to negotiate a deal with Ajax for Uruguay forward Luis Suarez.
The Dutch club's coach Frank de Boer has set a Saturday deadline for an agreement to be reached but with the asking price still a sticking point it could yet go right up to the close of the window on Monday.
Suarez is keen on a move to Liverpool and reports in Holland claimed he feels "cheated" Ajax have not reached a compromise.
Source: Sky Sports
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