The Observer reports that an improved offer for Fernando Torres will take the striker to Stamford Bridge. Liverpool have already rejected one offer of £35 million plus Daniel Sturridge for Torres. However, his transfer request means that a transfer is imminent as Liverpool are unlikely to want to keep a player who doesn’t want to play for the club against his will.
Furthermore, Torres is thought to have a clause in his contract allowing him to leave Anfield if an offer exceeding £50 million is made should they not qualify for the Champions League. With such a scenario increasingly unlikely, it seems Torres’ love affair with Liverpool is coming to an end. Should Nicolas Anelka be offered as bait, as The Observer suggest is possible, the Merseysiders may be coaxed into letting Torres go.
Suarez travels to Anfield.
A £22.8 million fee having been agreed between the two clubs, Luis Suarez travelled to Merseyside on Saturday to complete a medical and personal terms to sign for Liverpool. Whilst his affection for Ajax obviously remains, Suarez described the move to Liverpool as a ‘great opportunity’ to play for a ‘beautiful club’.
“It’s important for anybody to go to such a big club,” he told Ajax TV. “It’s a great opportunity for me.” His intentions at Liverpool are clear – to fire the team back towards Champions League football. “They always play Champions League or Europa League and belong to the top four clubs in the Premier League,” he said. Should formalities be agreed, he is likely to feature on Wednesday against Stoke.
Reds eye Enrique.
The Sunday Mirror speculates that Liverpool and Manchester United will become embroiled in a bidding war for Newcastle’s impressive left-back Jose Enrique over the summer. The former Villarreal full-back has yet to sign a new deal with the Magpies and enters the final year of his contract in June, piquing interest from some of England’s biggest clubs.
Liverpool’s problems at left-back have been apparent throughout the season, with Paul Konchesky – this week linked with a return to Fulham – in particular struggling for form and confidence, earning the ire of a significant proportion of Liverpool fans in the process. Enrique may be seen as a solution to such problems.