Official: Torres passes medical today, will sign tomorrow

Liverpool and Atlético Madrid football clubs have tonight
confirmed officially that Fernando Torres is about to become a Liverpool
player. Torres passed his medical today and will make a farewell speech at Atlético
in the morning, before flying back to England to sign the contract making him
officially a Liverpool player.

Liverpool FC’s website said: “Liverpool Football Club has
announced Spanish striker Fernando Torres has passed a medical ahead of his
proposed move from Atlético Madrid.

“The 23-year-old is now expected to put pen to paper on
Wednesday before being unveiled to the press.

“A club spokesman said: ‘The player has passed a medical.
All the agreements are now in place and he will put pen to paper on the deal on
Wednesday.’

“Torres scored 82 in 214 appearances for Atlético, while for
Spain he’s bagged 14 goals in 40 games.”

The Atlético website said: “Fernando Torres has been
transferred to Liverpool and will give a press conference on Wednesday, July
4th

“Club Atlético de Madrid has reached an agreement with
Liverpool Football Club in regards to the transfer of Fernando Torres. The
player, accompanied by Mr. Enrique Cerezo, will give his final farewells in a
closing press conference on Wednesday, July 4th in the VIP Room at Vicente
Calderon Stadium at 10:00 in the morning.”

Neither club have officially revealed the fee but both clubs’
owners would be happy if the amount happened to be exaggerated in press
reports. Those reports are currently putting the fee at £26.5m but in reality
the fee is believed to be a much lower amount, just £20m, and is separate from
the Luis Garcia deal.

The Torres contract is reported as being for a massive six
years, meaning he’ll be at the club until he is 29.

Luis Garcia signed for Atlético earlier today in a £4m deal
and said he feels Torres is good enough to adapt to the Premiership: “Wherever
he ends up playing, I believe he will give his best. I think the great players
adapt well to any team and any league, Torres is one of them.”

As for his leaving of Liverpool, Garcia said the decision
wasn’t at all easy, he said it “hurts” to be leaving the club he won a
Champions League winners’ medal with: “It was a difficult decision because it
hurts to be leaving one of the most important clubs in the world, and a club
with one of the best sets of fans. I have enjoyed three great years there.
There are several different reasons and the decision took a lot of thought, but
Liverpool will always be with me because they always treated me very well.” He
still thinks he has a chance of silverware in his new job: “I have been lucky
to win things there, but I did not want to let the opportunity pass to win
trophies in Spain.”

Torres will need to say his goodbyes to his Atlético fans,
where he was an idol. He needs the chance to explain his reasons for leaving,
for taking on the challenges Liverpool bring him. He was a youth player with
them to begin with, and after breaking into the first team has managed to be
their leading scorer for the last five seasons.

Meanwhile, Reds chief executive Rick Parry spoke out earlier
about Peter Crouch’s future at Anfield. It was in response to claims Crouch had
been unhappy to be the only player not approached to sign a new deal. Parry
refuted this: “It is not true that he is the only player not to have been
approached about a new deal and he is very much part of Rafa Benitez’s future
plans.” A number of players have two or less years to go on their deals and
haven’t been offered new deals, so Parry is of course being truthful in saying
Crouch isn’t the only one. In fact Rafa does see Crouch as part of his
immediate plans, which include a front-line featuring Fernando Torres now of
course.