Fernando Torres was confirmed as a Chelsea player on Monday night after a £50million deadline-day swoop on Liverpool which shattered the record for a transfer between two British clubs – as England striker Andy Carroll moved from Newcastle United to Anfield to fill his boots.
Torres jetted to Stamford Bridge to complete his deal and Roman Abramovich further signalled his intention to turn Chelsea back into a dominant force by completing the signing of Benfica defender David Luiz in a deal reportedly worth around £25million.
At the same time, Carroll travelled to Liverpool’s training ground to put the finishing touches to his £35million move to join Luis Suarez, whose own move from Ajax was also officially completed before the 11pm deadline.
Torres had sparked the transfer rush on Friday when he handed in a written transfer request after Chelsea had an initial offer of £35million turned down by the Reds.
Liverpool changed their minds after Chelsea increased their offer – but only after making sure they had landed Newcastle striker Carroll, who handed in a transfer request of his own this week.
The previous highest fee between two English clubs was set in July 2002 when Rio Ferdinand moved from Leeds United to Manchester United for £31.1 million