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Abramovich flies in with £50mTorres bid

CHELSEA owner Roman Abramovich has flown to South Africa in an attempt to lure Fernando Torres to Stamford Bridge, in what is reported to be a British-record bid of £50m.

The huge fee still falls short of Liverpool's £70m valuation of their prize asset in what is set to be a summer of turmoil at Anfield.

Chelsea's interest will, probably, be rivalled by Manchester City, but the allure of playing Champions League football makes Chelsea the favourites to secure Torres, who wants to remain in England should he leave Liverpool. Barcelona are also interested in the Reds ace.