A few hours ago, this would’ve been rather exciting news, as it would’ve meant that Chelsea were getting very close to signing Fernando Llorente as a third (or second?) striker. But as it stands we don’t have to worry about making that distinction (hurray for Michy!) as Spurs are now in the driver’s seat for the 32-year-old’s signature.
Llorente is set to be allowed to leave Swansea after the Welsh side secure his replacement in £12m-man Wilfried Bony, who played for Swans for a year and a half after leaving Vitesse Arnhem in 2013. Bony earned a big-money move to Manchester City on the back of those impressive 18 months in Wales, but things hadn’t quite worked out for him as well since. He spent a rather unimpressive year out on loan at Stoke City last season.
But Bony’s not our concern — he should provide good, but certainly beatable competition for Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham for Paul Clement’s side. Llorente going to Spurs is, and that remains annoying even if it does mean that Batshuayi isn’t leaving the club.
There are less than 11 hours to go in the transfer window, and Chelsea are still three players short of the promised minimum of three players signed before the end of deadline day.