Torres For £95m?! Let's Wait And See..

Chelsea will try to push through the signing of Fernando Torres on Monday with a stunning £95million transfer package they believe will trigger an escape clause in the Liverpool striker’s contract. Roman Abramovich is ready to commit the staggering sum to secure the service of Torres, with £50m needed to activate the clause they are now confident exists. A further £45m will be guaranteed to the 26-year-old in a five-year deal that would see him earn £175,000 a week.

Kenny Dalglish would still like to see Nicolas Anelka arrive from Chelsea as part of any deal - not least because, unlike Luis Suarez, he is eligible for the Europa League - but Carlo Ancelotti is extremely reluctant to see the French striker leave Stamford Bridge when he remains such an important member of his squad. While Chelsea are prepared to offer a younger player, Abramovich accepts it will take a significantly increased cash offer to get the deal done before the deadline.

Torres, whose £110,000-a-week deal runs until the summer of 2013, handed in an official transfer request at the end of last week, and the two clubs have been in negotiations over the weekend. Liverpool, who paid £21m for Torres in July 2007, may be tempted to hang on to the striker and let the transfer window close without a deal. However, they fear being left with a disillusioned star who would rather be at another club could be the worst of all worlds.

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