The final day of the transfer window saw Liverpool bid farewell to former fans favourite Fernando Torres.
Liverpool eventually accepted Chelsea’s £50 million offer, allowing the Spaniard to discuss terms with the Blues. In moving to the Pensioners, Torres became the most expensive player in British football history – Chelsea’s desperation to sign the player perhaps aided by his availability for the later stages of this season’s UEFA Champions League.
On a whirlwind day at Anfield, Kenny Dalglish took the time to justify Torres’ departure, telling The Guardian: “The most important thing is the club. That is much more important and bigger, no matter who has been through it previously and who will be in the future.”
Club record Carroll coup.
Using the money earned from Torres’ transfer, Liverpool launched the most sensational move of transfer deadline day to sign Newcastle’s promising striker Andy Carroll in a deal believed to be worth £35 million, The Guardian reports.
The transfer was one of the most dramatic of the day; a will-he-won’t-he saga which by its conclusion felt as if it had spanned the entire transfer window rather than a few hours.
Initially, Liverpool’s £25 million offer was rejected, the Magpies telling Fenway Sports Group to up their offer by £10 million. They duly did and this, combined with Andy Carroll informing Newcastle of his desire to leave the club, twisted Newcastle’s hand. Carroll will team up with fellow new arrival Luis Suarez in attack, following the Uruguayan’s completion of a £22.8 million move.
No Adam signing.
One player who did not move on transfer deadline day was Charlie Adam. With bids from Birmingham, Aston Villa and Liverpool already rejected, it became common knowledge that the Scottish playmaker was hankering after a dream transfer to Anfield. Blackpool too seemed willing to sell, but refused to lower their valuation of £14 million.
Liverpool initially offered 8 million, which was rejected out of hand. They then upped their offer to £10 million, but Blackpool held on to their asset. Liverpool’s interest, it seems, came far too late. Karl Oyston, Blackpool’s chairman, told The Guardian: “We’d gone past the stage – and I did flag this up to them a fair while ago – that if they were seriously interested then they’d put their best offer on the table.”