London, Feb 01(Agencies): Chelsea has signed Spain striker Fernando Torees for USD 80 mn from Liverpool, breaking the British transfer records.

The Blues last week had a USD 56 mn offer for Torres rejected, a move which prompted the 26-year-old to submit a written transfer request on Friday, which was also turned down.

But Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was determined to revitalise his faltering English champions and the Russian finally got his man late on Monday.

In the end, total spending by English Premier League clubs approached 200 million pounds (321 million dollars) compared to 29 million pounds (46 million dollars) last January as the transfer market went bizzare.

A remarkable day in the Premier League gathered momentum from the moment Liverpool had a bid accepted for England striker Carroll.

Liverpool had two previous offers for Carroll rejected but the player-who despite an impressive first season in the Premier League has also made the front pages with some unsavoury headlines -- forced Newcastle's hand by delivering a transfer request which the Magpies reluctantly accepted.

"These have been some hard days for me, especially because of everything I am leaving at Liverpool, but I am sure I am taking one of the biggest steps forward in my career," Torres told Chelsea's official website.

"Chelsea are the kind of team I want to play for. They are one of the biggest teams in Europe and are always fighting for everything.

"The target for every footballer is to play in one of the top-level clubs in the world and I can do it now."

Torres was not the only arrival at Chelsea as they struck a deal with Benfica for Brazilian defender David Luiz.