Afternoon Ticker: Torres' Chelsea switch in doubt, EPL duo eye Balotelli and more

Afternoon Ticker: Torres' Chelsea switch in doubt, EPL duo eye Balotelli and more

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Afternoon Ticker: Torres' Chelsea switch in doubt, EPL duo eye Balotelli and more

Fernando Torres 1 (Getty Images)  

By FRANCO PANIZO

While Fernando Torres' international career reached a new milestone as Spain won the World Cup on Sunday, his situation at the club level took a hit after he picked up an injury against the Netherlands.

Torres suffered a hamstring knock in the waning moments of the World Cup final and is expected to miss the first month of Premier League season. That situation makes it unlikely that Torres will be able to transfer from Liverpool to Chelsea for a deal that was expected to be worth 50 million euros.

Torres had recently recovered from a knee injury to partake in Spain's World Cup run.

Here are some more stories from Monday:

Balotelli pursued by Manchester clubs

Mario Balotelli's agent has claimed that both Manchester City and Manchester United are interested in signing the Inter Milan striker. Inter has said it does not want to sell Balotelli, but the 19-year-old is flattered by the Premier League duo's interest in him and could make a move.

Dzeko wants move to bigger club

Wolfsburg forward Edin Dzeko has reiterated his desire to move to a bigger club and not because of financial reasons. Dzeko wants to switch teams this summer so as to be able to further his career by winning championships. 

Dzeko has been strongly linked with Manchester City, but Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has also said he hopes his club can sign the Bosnian forward.

Celtic signs Ledley

Celtic improved its depth in the midfield with the signing of free agent Welsh midfielder Joe Ledley, who played for Cardiff City last season. Ledley signed with the club on a four-year deal and will join his new teammates for the club's pre-season tour of North America. He is Celtic's third signing this summer, joining defenders Charlie Mulgrew and Cha Du-ri.

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What do you think of Torres staying at Liverpool? Should Balotelli move to either Manchester club or stay with Inter? How do you see Ledley faring with Celtic?

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