The reigning Premier League champions Chelsea are weighing-up a late bid for Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente, according to a report in today’s edition of The Telegraph.
The somewhat surprising news has been greeted with intrigue among the Blues supporters here in the Tavern, with some concerned that the 32-year-old is not really an ideal replacement for Diego Costa.
Boss Antonio Conte has already added Alvaro Morata to his striking ranks this summer but this latest piece of news suggests that he is still keen to add some more firepower to his squad before the window closes.
Llorente has played under Conte previously during their Juventus days and the Spaniard is likely to be keen on a reunion with his former boss.
Swansea have had something of an unsettling summer prior to the current campaign and manager Paul Clement has already seen Gylfi Sigurdsson depart the Liberty Stadium in recent weeks.
It is unlikely that the Swans will want to lose anymore of their top talent and although Llorente is currently injured, he remains one of the club’s key players.
The lure of Champions League football at Chelsea could be too much for the 32-year-old to resist, however, and it looks like worrying times yet again for the Swansea City drinkers here in the Tavern,
The Landlord’s Verdict
With Chelsea wanting to be competitive on all fronts this season, Antonio Conte will need to ensure that his squad is well stocked in all departments.
One thing that Fernando Llorente will bring is a bit of grit and determination to a Chelsea squad that isn’t exactly blessed with lots of strikers at the moment.
The Spaniard won’t break the bank and his move could be something of a shrewd transfer by Conte.
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