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Chelsea FC Transfer Rumours: Fernando Torres Update

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POTCHEFSTROOM, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 27:  Fernando Torres of Spain walks on the team hotel premises on June 27, 2010 in Potchefstroom, South Africa.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
POTCHEFSTROOM, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 27: Fernando Torres of Spain walks on the team hotel premises on June 27, 2010 in Potchefstroom, South Africa. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Alright, so things regarding Fernando Torres are getting pretty crazy and I'm reasonably sure that people have now taken to flat out making things up. So far today we've heard that Chelsea will be shipping Daniel Sturridge out to Liverpool plus obscene amounts of money for the striker, a rumour reinforced by Sturridge not even making the bench against Everton in Chelsea's 4th round FA Cup match. We've also heard that Chelsea will ship out Nicolas Anelka rather than Daniel Sturridge. We've heard that Torres is definitely leaving, that he's definitely staying, that he's fired the agent who cooked up the whole thing, and that he hasn't fired his agent and besides, this is his idea anyway.

What I'm trying to communicate here is the fact that this is such a big transfer that everything that gets spread around regarding it is going to be hideously distorted, and we're getting so much information right now that some/most of it is bound to be bad. Can we even tell the difference right now? I don't think I can, so I'm just going to take this all with a sense of humour. Torres may come, he may go, but until then, enjoy the insanity of the last few days of the transfer window. Just don't take things too seriously until a legitimate source (not some bloke on twitter) gives a direct quote.

PS: There has also been no news about David Luiz. :(

If you did want a roundup of the rumours I've heard today, here you go:

  • Chelsea will bid £40M including Daniel Sturridge in their next attempt to acquire Fernando Torres (Times).
  • Chelsea will bid £50M including Nicolas Anelka in their next attempt to acquire Fernando Torres (Goal.com).
  • Fernando Torres's agent has said in an interview on Spanish radio that Torres will definitely leave Liverpool for Chelsea (Twitter).
  • Fernando Torres has fired his agent and didn't want to put in the transfer request anyway (Twitter).
  • No he hasn't (Twitter).

All in all, I'd hazard that the Times piece is the only one with any real credibility. About all we do know is that Chelsea have put in a bid and that Torres has submitted a written transfer request. Other than that...