[b]Rafa Kops Torres[/b]
LIVERPOOL will this week smash their transfer record and complete the £25million signing of Atletico Madrid superstar Fernando Torres.
Sport of the World can reveal the two clubs have agreed a fee in principle and all that remains for Kop boss Rafa Benitez is to agree terms with Torres. The Spain ace is on a £5.1million a year contract with Atletico and will expect at least the same terms from Liverpool. Torres’ people have been told that Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry will open talks with them next week to conclude a deal.
A source close to 23-year-old Torres told Sport of the World: “We are expecting a call from Mr Parry next week to discuss personal terms. And although for Fernando it is heartbreaking to leave Atletico, the club he’s loved all his life, the prospect of playing for Liverpool fills him with pride hope and great expectations.”
The massive fee eclipses the £14million Gerard Houllier had splashed on Kop flop Djibril Cisse. Atletico Madrid have accepted a bid slightly lower than Torres’ £28m get-out clause and are desperate to clinch the signing of Diego Forlan from Villareal to replace their talisman. The Reds will definitely pay £18million in cash and it remains to be see whether Luis Garcia will be part of the deal. One thing is for certain, Garcia’s Liverpool career is over after three seasons at Anfield. He’s keen to return to Spain and Benitez will not stand in his way - even though Garcia’s recovery from a knee injury that kept him out most of this season could determine whether he completes the move to Atletico where he played a season in 2003.
It means Benitez will have spent half of his £50million warchest to finally land a big-name star to take Liverpool to the next level. The Kop chief will now turn his attentions to his pursuit of Lyon’s Florent Malouda - even though the Frenchman wants to join Chelsea. Benitez - who wants to offload hothead Craig Bellamy - is set to rekindle his interest in Portugal and Benfica star Simao.
Acho que o Fernando Torres não vale 25 milhões de libras , o Liverpool com 50 milhões de libras para gastar quer avançar ainda para contratar o Malouda , as hipóteses do suinão ír para o Liverpool começam a esfumar-se.