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Arsenal to hijack Barca's Torres bid
13th June 2013 2:50pm BST
Arsenal are ready to hijack Barcelona’s move for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres.
The La Liga champions had lined up a £17 million bid for the Blues frontman – who scored 22 goals in all competitions last season.
But SportsDirect News has learned the Gunners are ready to rival their Catalan counterparts and make an offer of their own.
Emirates boss Arsene Wenger is a huge admirer of the 29-year-old, and believes he could help him recapture the form that made him one of the most feared strikers in the world at Liverpool.
The Frenchman is in the market for a marquee forward, with Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain and Fiorentina hitman Stevan Jovetic all on his shortlist.
But with Rooney’s wages a major stumbling block, Higuain edging closer to a move to Juventus and Jovetic also interesting Chelsea, Wenger has turned his attention to Torres.
A Gunners source told us: “The boss loves Torres. He knows how good he can be, and a deal could come off.
“Chelsea are looking at strikers, Fernando has become surplus to requirements and Arsene is ready to pounce.”
However, Torres has snubbed moves away from Chelsea to fight for his place before – and could choose to do so once more this summer.