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Barcelona and Man City on alert as Torres considers his future

Liverpool are preparing for a fight to keep star striker Fernando Torres as he considers his Anfield future

The Spanish international has been unhappy for some time with what he sees as a lack of investment in the team, and he wants to know that the proposed takeover will happen soon, and bring in the necessary funds for rebuilding.

La Liga giants Barcelona have been monitoring his situation, and would be prepared to offer huge sums for his services, as they look to make a splash under a new president to be appointed this summer.

Manchester City and Chelsea have also made discreet enquiries that have not yet been rebuffed by the player's advisors as he waits for reassurance from the Anfield board.

Sources close to Torres suggest that he is no longer an admirer of Rafa Benitez, and would be more likely to give Liverpool another 12 months should the manager leave, to give them time to get new owners and new investment in place. The same applies to Steven Gerrard, who would be more likely to commit if there is a change of management.

Torres has warned the club that he wants to see real signs of progress if he is to commit his long-term future to Anfield.

But it is not a given and the Anfield board will have to demonstrate to their striker that the takeover is getting closer.