Fernando Torres has been sounded out by potential new Liverpool owners, The Sovereign Wealth Fund, and his future at Anfield depends on their takeover going through, according to sources close to Chinese businessman Kenny Huang.
Torres has been linked with a move away from the club all summer and an insider told Soccernet that the situation over the Spanish striker is ''very delicate''.
Chelsea are clear favourites to sign the striker before the transfer window closes on August 31, but there has been a long lull in talks about whether he will arrive at the Bridge. Now the source claims that new investment at Anfield could persuade him to stay.
"What is well known is that the takeover group are fully aware of promises made to Torres which have been broken, about new investment coming into the club to aid in the investment in new players to build a better team,'' he said.
"The view is that Fernando Torres will stay if this takeover goes through and promises are kept, and that he will go if the takeover fails to go through. But he is not alone, there are a few other top stars who will also want to leave if this club goes deeper into financial trouble.
''Time, though, is running out quickly. The new owners need to be in place in good time to facilitate the purchase of new players and to ensure that the best players do not leave."
Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton has revealed that there have been ''several'' offers for the club and that they were hoping to tie up a deal with a new investor before the end of the transfer window.