Friday’s newspapers are reporting a deal has been agreed between Liverpool and Athletico Madrid over the sale of Fernando Torres. The two clubs have been in talks for two days and it is reported a deal was agreed on Thursday, with Liverpool agreeing a deal worth slightly less than Â£27m.
The 23 year old Spaniard is expected to agree personal terms and pass a medical and will then become a Liverpool player, becoming the club’s record signing (previously Â£14m paid for Djibril Cisse).
Luis Garcia is set to move in the opposite direction but The Guardian reports the deals are not interdependent and Garcia will be sold for Â£4m.
Liverpool had wanted to include Cisse in the deal to bring the cash price down, but he is reported to have turned down a move as he wants to sign for Marseille instead. While Garcia was open to a move back to the club he spent a succesful season with 4 years ago.
Tevez ‘wants to stay in the Premiership’
Could another big name forward be on his way to Anfield this summer? Argentinian Carlos Tevez has rejected a move to Inter Milan and his agent claims he wishes to remain in the Premiership. He was on target in the 4-1 win over USA in Copa America on Thursday, along with Liverpool’s Javier Mascherano who this week spoke of his wish for Tevez to join him at Anfield.
Momo signs on
Momo Sissoko signed a new contract which will expire in 2011, on Thursday – the day all non-international players returned to pre-season training at Melwood.
Two new signings
Two teenagers in two days as Mikel San Jose from Athletic Bilbao was announced as the latest young recruit, the young defender joins goalkeeper Nikolay Mihailov from Levski Sofia as Benitez shows further intent to build for the future.
Lucas out of U20 World Cup
Brazilian under 20 captain and new Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has been ruled out of the U20 World Cup through injury.