Chelsea boss ready to pay 85million pounds for Torres
London, July 1 : Chelsea's billionaire owner Roman Abramovich is ready to pay 85million pounds for Spanish playmaker Fernando Torres if he thought he could get him.
Abramovich was present during the Sunday night Euro 2008 finals where the brilliant Liverpool striker dominated Spain's victory over Germany, The Daily Star reported.
Torres was man of the match in every way and how Chelsea would love to prise him away from Anfield.
Their first reported offer of 50milion pounds was laughed away by Liverpool and Torres has admitted he has no wish to quit Merseyside.
Abramovich, however, is determined to rebuild Chelsea's squad for new manager Phil Scolari and the Russian has been a constant visitor to Euro 2008 over the last weeks.
He has put aside more than 250million pounds for Scolari and those close to Abramovich expect Monday's signing of Deco to start a flurry of transfer activity over the next few weeks.
Torres would suit Chelsea perfectly with the way Scolari likes his teams to play. The Spaniard is the best line leader in the world and his movement, guile and reading of the game was clear to all on Sunday.
A weekly salary of more than 200,000 pounds a week is not out of the question as Abramovich is determined to bankroll his club into European winners.
He is determined to overtake rivals Manchester United next season.
Story first published: Tuesday, July 1, 2008, 12:27 [IST]