Manchester United are reportedly set to use the £80 million they will receive for Cristiano Ronaldo to make a bid for Liverpool’s Fernando Torres.
The Sunday Express claims that the Red Devils will attempt to make an audacious swoop for the Spanish striker as they seek to replace the Real Madrid-bound Ronaldo.
Whilst Liverpool would be loath to see Torres leave, and particularly to bitter rivals United, the report claims that Sir Alex Ferguson is prepared to offer £40 million, a figure he believes can tempt the Merseysiders.
A bid of such size would double the amount Liverpool paid for the striker, when they signed him from Atletico Madrid in 2007.
With striker Carlos Tevez also expected to follow Ronaldo out of the Old Trafford exit, attacking options appear to be top of United’s shopping list this summer.
The Premier League champions have already been linked with a host of names including Karim Benzema, Samuel Eto’o, Franck Ribery, Antonio Valencia and David Silva.
Yet they undoubtedly face a tough challenge in replacing Ronaldo who, once again, finished the season as the club’s top scorer.
Of course, Torres could certainly provide the club with goals; the Spaniard managed 14 league goals in an injury-ravaged campaign last term and 24 in the Premier League in his first season at the club.
Gill Clark, Goal.com