Fernando José Torres Sanz had today signed for Chelsea Football Club on a 5 and a half year deal for a British transfer fee record of £50 Million
Torres arrives from Liverpool FC after becoming the fastest player in their history to score 50 league goals for the Merseysiders. Torres joined the Reds in 2007 from Atletico Madrid where he netted 82 goals in 214 appearances at the Vicente Calderon.
At Liverpool he made an immediate impact, scoring on his Anfield debut in a 1-1 draw against none other than Chelsea FC. He ended his first season in England by scoring 33 goals in 46 games for the reds and reached the semi-final’s of the Champions League, suffering defeat at the hands of Chelsea in a thrilling encounter at Stamford Bridge. Torres was linked with a sensational £50million move to The Blues before the Euro 2008 tournament however Liverpool were adamant not to sell their new star, with the player himself conceding that he had “many years at Liverpool to come.”
The following summer Torres was part of the Spain national team that acheived triumph at Euro 2008, scoring the winning goal in the final against Germany, ending his nations drought of international honours.
That year the striker was included in the FIFpro World XI side and finished 3rd in the FIFA World Player of the Year behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Injury hampered the 2008-09 season for the player, although he still managed 17 goals in 33 appearances for Liverpool, including memorable strikes against Chelsea, Real Madrid and the scoring of his 50th goal for the Red’s against Tottenham on the last day of the season.
22 goals in 32 games followed in the 2009/10 season, notably netting the opener in a 2-0 victory against Manchester United. But with Liverpool ending the season out of the Champions League places and again without a trophy, speculation was growing that a move to Chelsea could be on the cards.
Torres would go on to win the World Cup with Spain in South Africa over the summer despite not finding the net, arriving back in England with a winners medal determined to regain fitness and form ahead of the new season.
Speculation was growing that Torres would be leaving Liverpool for SW6, with world cup winning team mate David Villa claiming that he had his heart set on a move to the Champions, but the reports did not come to fruition and Torres started the 2010/11 season with Liverpool.
The Merseysiders continued to struggle both in the League and in Europe, with uninspiring results and Champions League football again looking increasingly unlikely. However, Torres continued his rich vein of form against the Blues, scoring a brilliant brace against the Double Winners in a 2-0 defeat at Anfield that kick started a resurgence in the players form, netting 9 times in 26 games so far this season.
As the transfer window drew to a close, reports leaked that Chelsea had made a bid for Torres and the Spaniard stunned the footballing world by handing in a transfer request, confirming his desire to join the Champions. After frosty negotiations between the two clubs, Liverpool conceded and Torres arrived at Chelsea in a staggering British transfer record deal to become Chelsea’s new No 9.