Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is set to attract a massive £70 million bid from Barcelona this summer.

Despite their £34 million deal for Valencia striker David Villa and the imminent capture of Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, Barca's summer spending won't end there.

With a presidential election due next month, favourite Sandro Rosell is determined to make his own marquee splash and will push to bring Torres to the Nou Camp after the World Cup.

Torres has yet to win a single trophy in his three years at Anfield, and seems further away than ever from realising his ambition of adding to the European Championship trophy he won with Spain, which remains the only honour in his career.

At 26, Torres knows time is running out, and he has also had a difficult relationship with his manager Rafa Benitez over the past season.

There have already been subtle overtures from Barcelona, and they have not yet been discouraged by Torres who is also a target for Chelsea.