It was weeks after Carlo Ancelloti's No. 2 Ray Wilkins got sacked that he was in the press, championing Chelsea's vision for the future. No more extravagant spending and a desire to trust and invest in the youth system and develop their own players. A few bad results later Chelsea are in the market for Sergio Aguero, David Luiz and now Fernando Torres with three days to go in the transfer window?
Fernando Torres is going nowhere. He is crucial to building a team at Anfield and, more importantly, to attracting the type of players that have the ability to propel Liverpool back into the mix with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and arguably even Tottenham.
They are no longer in the business of selling top players and the signing of Luis Suarez confirms this. The new board and new manager have most likely assessed the recent history of the squad and decided the loss of players the calibre of Javier Mascherano, Xavi Alonso, Robbie Keane or Peter Crouch—let alone Fernando Torres—can no longer be entertained if they have any ambition of moving forward.
Meanwhile Chelsea are looking like a club in a panic, lost and without a clue of how to extend their original short-term plan of simply splashing big cash on big players. Are Chelsea bidding without the intention to buy just to send a message or do they genuinely think that the best striker in the league is worth half of what Cristiano Ronaldo is worth?
If anything, this situation has showed how desperate Chelsea are to keep up with an evidently improving Manchester City, and on the evidence of this season a superior Manchester United team. Arsenal's young and talented side are quickly improving whilst Chelsea are pondering how to carry on competing at the top level with their rapidly ageing squad. Reverting back to their sugar daddy tactics is clearly the route they have chosen and in this instance they will definitely not have their way.