Chelsea Weigh Up Llorente Bid

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Having failed to sign him on a loan spell during the January transfer window, Chelsea are set to return to Swansea City with a fresh offer for Spanish striker, Fernando Llorente, according to the Evening Standard.

The 32-year-old provided crucial goals during the Swans successful fight for Premier Leagtue survival. Fifteen goals in 33 appearances, including four in the last five matches. Criticised at the end of his first full season with the club when he scored just four times all season, Llorente more than made up for lost time in 2016/17. Losing the Spaniard would be a huge blow to Paul Clement as he looks to build on last season’s survival.

Chelsea are reeling from Manchester United’s swift move for Romelu Lukaku, 24, this week. Former manager, Jose Mourinho, will enjoy putting one over his former club which has, according to media reports, left Antonio Conte fuming.

The Italian was confident of landing Lukaku but United stole a march. However, Llorente won’t set Blues fans pulses racing. His record of a goal every three games isn’t good enough to win the title, even with the attacking talent at Conte’s disposal.

Diego Costa is leaving for Atletico Madrid, reportedly beginning his goodbyes to team-mates, meaning Michy Batshuayi, 23, would be the only recognised striker in the squad. Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata, 26, is keen to move away but the move to Old Trafford fell through when the Spanish club demanded €80m.

Chelsea may suddenly be more amenable to that level of spend.