Liverpool have sold star striker Fernando Torres to Chelsea for what is believed to be a British record fee of £50million after a dramatic transfer deadline day.
The club acted quickly to find a replacement forward and completed a shock £35m move for Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll. The Reds' first offer was rejected but the 22-year-old, who has one England cap, requested a transfer and Newcastle "reluctantly accepted" the second bid.
Carroll becomes Liverpool's record signing after finalising a five-and-a-
half-year deal and will wear the No9 shirt vacated by Torres.
Torres handed in a written transfer request on Friday after an initial bid of
around £35-40m from Chelsea, but the offer was rejected by Liverpool
and they told the Spain international he must honour his contract.
However, Liverpool decided to let Torres go after Chelsea came back with
an improved package rather than keep an unhappy player at the club,
despite his pledge to stay at Anfield last summer after intense speculation
about his future took hold.
The deal was completed shortly before the deadline and the Spaniard
may now make his Chelsea debut against Liverpool in the Premier
League at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Reds fans will be devastated to lose such world-class talent, but they can
feel positive about the £23m capture of Uruguay's World Cup star Luis
Suarez from Ajax.
Suarez has become renowned throughout the game for his deadly
finishing ability, and he has followed up his tally of 49 goals in 48
appearances for Ajax last season with 13 in 23 games in this campaign
in the Netherlands. The Uruguayan has signed a five-and-a-half-year
contract and will wear the No7 shirt.
Liverpool failed to complete the protracted transfer of midfielder Charlie Adam from Blackpool, however. Blackpool had previously rejected two offers from the Reds and reportedly turned down a further two on deadline day.
Scottish international Adam has been one of the form players in the Premier League this season, scoring four goals from midfield - including one at Anfield - and has been a key reason for the Seasiders’ impressive performances since promotion.
Elsewhere in the transfer window, Ryan Babel left Anfield to join German side TSG Hoffenheim for a fee believed to be in the region of £6m, while defender Paul Konchesky has joined Nottingham Forest on loan, just five months after signing for Liverpool.
By Nicholas McGee & Chris Shaw
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