I have admit I scoffed at the news headlines this morning that said Chelsea had bid £40million for Fernando Torres. Much like the Guardian's Twitter-publicised Gareth Bale non-story the day before, I thought it was at best a PR stunt by Chelsea.
But the noises this afternoon suggest Torres may actually be on his way after all.
Frist Guillem Balague told SSN that the strikers wanted Liverpool to open up negotiations with Chelsea. Then this Sun article (hardly friends of the Reds but still) suggested Torres wants to leave - followed by the Guardian
Now Twitter is being whipped up into a frenzy, with tweets suggesting he will hand in a transfer request this afternoon.
It would certainly be the story of the transfer window and may lead to Suarez'a move from Ajax. However, it would be a daming reflection on Liverpool's finances, supposedly on the rise after their take-over last October.
Losing his star striker was not what Kenny Dalglish had in mind when he took over, if Torres does end up leaving, the Scot's task will have become a whole lot harder.