New development in Torres saga


Chelsea hope to persuade Liverpool to cash in on Fernando Torres by offering Nicolas Anelka as a makeweight.

Liverpool have insisted the Spanish World Cup winner is not for sale but speculation suggests they would be willing to sell the striker if Chelsea launch a £50million move, with the Anfield side already rejecting the Blues initial £35million offer.

However, if Torres leaves Liverpool will be short of firepower and the Reds will only allow the former Atletico Madrid man to move on if they can bring in a replacement.

Earlier reports hinted youngster Daniel Sturridge could be used as bait but Liverpool would prefer a player with greater experience and the Blues are now ready to sacrifice top scorer Anelka, who has 13 goals to his name so far this season, while Sturridge has been tipped to join Bolton on loan.

It remains to be seen if Chelsea can convince Liverpool to sell Torres, who has had a transfer request rejected at Anfield, before the window slams shut at 11pm on Monday but if they include Anelka in the deal they will stand a better chance of capturing the Liverpool star.