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Then, on Friday afternoon, Goal.com UK exclusively revealed Torres had decided to leave Anfield by the start of next season, and could make the switch to Stamford Bridge by the end of the current transfer window on Monday.
Carlo Ancelotti remained coy on the proposed transfer, preferring not to comment in order to 'respect' Liverpool - but did mention he believes Didier Drogba "can play with anybody, including Torres."
Liverpool had been busy trying to secure a partner for Torres, meanwhile, and finally agreed a £23m fee with Ajax for Uruguayan Luis Suarez.
Further reports on Friday evening suggested Ancelotti would return with an improved offer of £40m - plus young striker Daniel Sturridge - for the Spain international.
And, as speculation continued, Liverpool released another statement late on Friday night indicating Torres had handed in a formal transfer request which was rejected as the club expect their star man to honour his contract.
Reports continued into Saturday morning, as it was suggested Chelsea could now make another move for Torres, which could be as high as £60m, making him the club's highest paid player in the process.
UPDATE: Sunday Jan 30, 11.20pm: With Torres' departure seeming increasingly likely, Liverpool are planning to use the money from the transfer to make improved offers for Ashley Young and Charlie Adam to soften the blow of the Spaniard's departure.
Nicolas Anelka though, is reportedly not interested in being part of any deal that takes Torres to Chelsea.
UPDATE: Saturday Jan 29, 4.50pm: Liverpool are in talks with Chelsea over the transfer of Torres, but want Nicolas Anelka included in the deal, rather than Daniel Sturridge.
UPDATE: Monday Jan 31, 8.07pm: Liverpool confirm they have agreed a fee with Chelsea for Fernando Torres.
Former foe | Torres nets twice against Chelsea in November 2010
Stay with Goal.com UK for updates on the transfer saga that has stunned everyone right up until close of play on the January transfer window on Monday night.