Chelsea tell Liverpool ace Torres: Injuries non-starter with us
The Daily Mail says Chelsea will step up their pursuit of Torres after sensing his latest injury setback could enhance their prospects of prising him away from Anfield.
Tests in Spain confirmed yesterday that Torres had torn a thigh muscle in last Sunday’s World Cup final, and Liverpool’s medical staff will fly out to examine him in the next 48 hours before handing him fitness guidelines for his forthcoming holiday.
There is a feeling Liverpool’s over-reliance on Torres’s goals has added to his mounting frustration, and Chelsea plan to exploit it by stressing he would be under nothing like as much pressure at Stamford Bridge.
With the likes of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka already shouldering the goal-scoring burden, manager Carlo Ancelotti is ready to assure Torres he can count on maximum recovery time in the event of any injury.
Whether Chelsea are willing to match what Liverpool might consider an acceptable fee remains to be seen, and even that hinges on Torres weighing his loyalty and affection for Liverpool against a wish to be surrounded by players of comparable quality.
Liverpool insist any approach will be rebuffed but are ready, reluctantly, to soften their stance, should their £21million record signing ask to leave.