Chelsea To Offer £30 Million For Liverpool's Fernando Torres

Daniel GoochAnalyst IJuly 9, 2010

POTCHEFSTROOM, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 19:  Fernando Torres of Spain smiles during a press conference on June 19, 2010 in Potchefstroom, South Africa.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Chelsea will start this summers' bidding for Fernando Torres with a cut-price offer of £30m.

Chelsea are hoping they can tempt the world cup finalist with a contract worth £120,000 a week.

Three years ago, Liverpool paid Atletico Madrid £26.5m for Torres, so this offer would give the reds little profit. 

Torres' value is closer to £50 million, so the first offer is a bit disappointing.

If Liverpool were to sell their star striker, they will want the biggest price possible, with mega-rich Manchester City also keen on Torres.

At the world cup so far, he has played 277 minutes without scoring a goal. In previous games, he seemed to be short of full fitness after suffering a slight knee injury.

Torres has stated he doesn't want to sort out his future until after the world cup. Playing in the final on Sunday, Chelsea may have to boost up their bid if he does something magical. 

Roy Hodgson, the new Liverpool boss, is hoping to be able to talk to the player soon.

“Fernando is a wonderful striker and I understand the fan's concerns about his future," said Hodgson.

“Unfortunately with the World Cup still on, I won’t be able to meet him face to face for another few weeks.”

Chelsea has had bids for Drogba for £20 million, and now they are trying to get Torres with just £30 million.

Is it me, or are these players worth more than this, or was Ronaldo's £80million swap a one off?