Chelsea’s attempts to sign Spanish striker Fernando Torres have been dashed again after Liverpool announced last night that they had rejected another bid.
A spokesman for the club stated yesterday that the forward, who has scored nine goals this season, is “not for sale”.
“Chelsea have made a bid for Fernando which has been turned down,” he told The Times.
The Blues reportedly had an offer for Torres turned down back in May but the striker remained at Anfield for this season, with Liverpool now struggling in seventh place in the Premier League after their worst start to a campaign since 1953/54.
With Kenny Dalglish now manager of Liverpool it looked as if Torres had transformed his season with two goals against Wolves recently and a goal against Bolton before that.
But with the news of this offer, and the reports of a £50 million buy-out clause in Torres’ contract, the 26-year-old’s future at Liverpool is certainly unclear.
Despite Torres’ drop in form this season, which was also apparent in the World Cup in South Africa, many fans will be unhappy to see El Nino leave the club because of the sheer lack of quality in forward positions at Liverpool.
Torres’ 81 goals in 141 Liverpool appearances have helped to propel The Reds up the table in recent years but his tally of just nine goals in twenty-five games this season has been a huge factor in the Anfield club’s demise in 2010/11.
While the news of rejecting a huge offer such as this one will come as a somewhat-pleasant surprise to Liverpool fans, Chelsea will be disheartened to hear that yet another multi-million-pound offer for a player has been rejected.
This week it has emerged that Chelsea had a £52 million double bid for Atletico Madrid stars Sergio Aguero and Diego Godin turned down, although the club deny that they have made this offer. Carlo Ancelotti’s side are also allegedly talking to Benfica defender David Luiz after the two clubs agreed a transfer fee of around £21 million.
It is thought that Chelsea are looking for a replacement for Didier Drogba who, while he has netted ten times for the Stamford Bridge club this season, the Ivory Coast international is 32-years-old and has struggled for form this recently.
Torres and Aguero were strike partners at Atletico Madrid and it looks as if Chelsea are willing to pay whatever it takes to get them to come to the club as they try and resurrect their season, with Ancelotti’s team currently lying fourth in the Premier League, ten points behind leaders Manchester United.
This article originally appeared on sports website Sports Haze but is now unavailable due to the site closing down.
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