Liverpool have turned down a Chelsea bid worth a reported £35million for striker Fernando Torres, according to a spokesperson.
Chelsea have been linked with several forwards during January, but their interest in Spain World Cup winner Torres was thought to have cooled since the summer.
However, a Liverpool spokesperson has confirmed that the London club have made an audacious bid for the striker, which has been rejected.
“Chelsea have made a bid for Fernando which has been turned down,” a Liverpool spokesperson told The Times.
“The player is not for sale.”
Since Kenny Dalglish has taken charge, Torres, 26, appears to have rediscovered his appetite for the game.
There has been much speculation about Torres’ future but it began to grow after the club finished seventh in the Barclays Premier League last term, but in the wake of Spain’s World Cup triumph he conformed he would be staying at Anfield.
Torres’ indifferent start to the season came after a knee injury, which also hampered him at in South Africa last summer.
Matters were not helped when it emerged a £50million buy-out clause had been inserted into his contract – which runs until 2013.
But he has looked a different player since Kenny Dalglish took over as Reds boss earlier in January, scoring three goals in his last four games.