EPL transfer: Torres joins Chelsea for $79.5m

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Fernando Torres
London, Feb 1: English Premier League club Chelsea bagged the Spanish striker Fernando Torres from another English club, Liverpool for a British-record fee on Monday, Jan 31.

Western media reported that Liverpool sold Torres to Chelsea for $79.5 million, which is the third-most expensive transfer in the soccer history after Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo's move from Manchester United to Real Madrid for $131 million and Brazilian striker Kaka's transfer from A.C. Milan to Real for $92 million.

On the deadline day of transfer market, Premier clubs spent around $345 million that set a new record. Earlier record was marked at $290 million in 2009.

Liverpool bought Newcastle player Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez from Ajax to replace Torres. The 26-year-old Spaniard signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea.

"It's the kind of team I like to play against. It's the kind of team I want to play for. It's always very tough to play against Chelsea - one of the biggest teams in Europe, always fighting for everything," Torres told to Chelsea TV after the transfer.

"This is the target for every footballer - to try to play for one of the top clubs in the world and I can do it now. I have to be very, very happy as I am. It's my dream to win the Champions League and I'm sure I can, playing for Chelsea. I think all my team-mates share that dream with me and hopefully we can," Torres added.

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