Premier League – Liverpool ‘reject Chelsea bid for Torres’

Liverpool have rejected a bid for their Spain striker Fernando Torres from Premier League rivals Chelsea, according to reports.

The Times reports that Chelsea’s offer was between £35-40 million – but the Daily Mirror claims that the Blues will pay £60m in order to force a deal through in order to resurrect their hopes of winning the title.

“Chelsea have made a bid for Fernando which has been turned down,” a Liverpool spokesman was quoted as saying in The Times. “The player is not for sale.”

Torres, who won the World Cup with Spain last year, joined Liverpool for a club record fee of about £20m in July 2007 from Atletico Madrid where he was idolised.

The 26-year-old has struggled to find top form this season, scoring nine league goals in 22 appearances as Liverpool have laboured after a poor start under former manager Roy Hodgson.

However, Torres has looked sharper since Kenny Dalglish took over the managerial reins at Anfield and has helped them up to seventh in the standings after back-to-back wins.


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