Fernando Torres: Chelsea Grabs Striker before Deadline

Saura BhattacharjeeAnalyst IJanuary 31, 2011

Chelsea completed a reportedly sensational £50 million signing of Liverpool's star striker Fernando Torres just before the winter transfer window came to a close.

The deadline day for this transfer window was the most exciting in recent memory. Chelsea had been pursuing Benfica's highly-rated Brazilian defender David Luiz all through the month, and it was widely speculated that the youngster would be wearing a Blues jersey before the end of the month. But the deal did not get through, as the clubs failed to agree on the transfer fee.

Amidst the Luiz deal failing, Chelsea made a shocking transfer bid for Liverpool's world-class striker, Fernando Torres. The bid was quickly rejected by the Anfield outift.

But more shock awaited the Reds' fans, as their favourite El Nino handed a transfer request to leave the club. 

Lack of silverware and ambition was predicted as the possible cause for Torres' decision, though the exact reason will always remain a mystery. The Reds' fans grappled for answers as to why El Nino, who had pledged his future to the club a few months earlier, had a change of heart. 

His request was rejected by the club, but it did little to deter Chelsea from launching another improved bid for the Spaniard. The second bid too was rejected by the Reds, but with Torres looking reluctant to stay, Liverpool asked Chelsea for £40 million, plus Nicolas Anelka.

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Chelsea finally decided to pay the £50 million to initiate the release clause in Torres' contract, and Liverpool accepted. Liverpool were reluctant to part with Torres, as they were looking for a replacement to their goal-machine. But then they bid for Newcastle's Andy Carroll, and after a failed first bid, had a massive £35 million accepted by the Toons. The move confirmed Torres' move to Stamford Bridge. It also made it one of the most expensive transfer deadline days.

Torres is worth the £50 million Chelsea have paid for him, and if Drogba and Torres get back their lethal touch, Chelsea will be blessed with perhaps the deadliest strike force in modern club football. Drogba's strength and Torres' speed can be worrying for any defense, and it reamains to be seen whether El Nino can deliver his top form as before and help the Blues defend their title as well as win the coveted Champions League.

Chelsea fans shall rejoice the arrival of a world-class star after a long time at Stamford Bridge, and hope Drogba and El Nino create a partnership that will take the West London side to new heights of success.