Transfer: Chelsea considering shock swoop for Swansea City striker


Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants to sign Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente in the January transfer window, according to reports.

According to a report by AS, the Chelsea manager is keen to strengthen his attacking options for a Diego Costa back-up in January window and reportedly selected Swansea City frontman Fernando Llorente in a surprise move.

Conte signed the former Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi this summer for a whopping £32 million, however, the Belgian has not fared well till now. Conte has recently said that the 23-year-old is working hard for his place in the squad and he is happy with him, but with this current rumours floating it is evident that the Italian wants to reinforce another player over the striker.

Llorente has previously played under the Chelsea boss in Juventus for only one season when he moved from Athletic Club Bilbao. The 31-year-old managed to score an impressive 16 goals in 34 league appearances for the Italian side to clinch the Seria A title under Conte. And if the recent rumours to be true, both could have an another reunion at the Premier League.

The 31-year-old signed a two-year deal when he joined the Swansea in the summer from Sevilla has scored six goals in 15 Premier League appearances so far despite the Swans being in the relegation zone with only two wins in the last 11 matches. And with the Wales side in a managerial turmoil after sacked two managers within a span of four months, reports have emerged that the Spanish international could leave the club to add his rank beside another Spanish international Diego Costa at Chelsea.

Llorente still has one year and a half remaining on his contract and the Wales side could be unwilling to release him as they fight for Premier League survival. However, given Conte’s concern to sign a new striker, Chelsea can tempt the player a move away from the Swans.