Fernando Torres Walks Alone: 4 Strikers Who Could Replace El Nino
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The love affair is over. Fernando Torres is about to say goodbye to Liverpool.
Just a few days ago, Torres was on fire, having scored four goals in three games thanks to Kenny Dalglish, the new Liverpool temporary manager.
Today, El Nino is demanding a move to Chelsea after they offered Liverpool £40 million for the Spaniard.
With a move looking likely, Liverpool are preparing for life without Torres, the striker they have loved and cherished for years, but on the plus side, with his departure comes £50 million to spend on new players.
Here are four strikers who could find themselves at Anfield in the summer.
Álvaro Negredo (Sevilla)
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The first candidate to replace Fernando Torres at Liverpool is out-of-favor Sevilla forward, Álvaro Negredo.
Negredo has struggled to maintain a spot in Sevilla's starting 11 despite having scored 19 goals from 20 appearances so far this season. Mind you, the 25-year-old has it tough competing with Luis Fabiano and Frederic Kanoute for starting roles.
The Spaniard is thought to be seriously considering a move to the Mersyside, especially as it offers him the opportunity of first-team football.
Negredo would be available for just over €20 million, should Liverpool be interested in signing the forward.
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Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid)
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Despite having signed a contract extension with Atletico Madrid until 2015 , Argentinean starlet Sergio Aguero is apparently very interested in a summer move to Liverpool.
At only 22, the forward has quickly developed a reputation as one of the best strikers in the world and has attracted interest from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United in recent times. Such is Aguero's passion for Atletico he insists that he doesn't want to leave despite his side doing so poorly in La Liga.
If Liverpool are interested in luring Aguero away from the Vicente Calderón, they will have to pay Atletico as much as £38 million for the forward.
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Brazilian wonder-kid Neymar da Silva is reportedly keen on a move away from Brazil after he was linked with numerous European clubs including Chelsea, Juventus and Real Madrid.
The forward was expected to sign for Chelsea last summer, but the deal fell through after Santos raised their asking price to meet the £29.6 million release clause in his contract. Shorty after, Neymar's agent Wagner Ribeiro revealed that the Brazilian wouldn't be leaving Santos until after the 2012 London Olympics.
But don't give up hope, as things change very,very quickly in football.
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Alexis Sanchez (Udinese)
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Nicknamed El Niño Maravilla, Udinese's Alexis Sanchez may just be the man to become El Nino's successor.
Known for his pace and technical ability, the Chilean entertained crowds at the World Cup in South Africa with tantalizing football, and at such a low price, the forward has the potential to become a pivotal figure in Liverpool's revival and eventual return to the Champions League.
However, the price for the 22-year-old is bound to skyrocket as Manchester United, Chelsea and Inter show interest in him.
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