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Chelsea still ‘keen on’ Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente — report

Regardless of how the Lukaku situation shakes out, Chelsea remain in the picture as far as Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente is concerned. That’s according to the Times, who rate Chelsea’s interest as “keen”.

Antonio Conte and Llorente worked together in the 2013-14 season at Juventus, where Llorente scored 18 goals in 45 appearances as the Old Lady won a third consecutive Serie A title. With Swansea last season, Llorente was key in avoiding relegation with 15 goals in 33 matches to lead the team in scoring.

Chelsea were close to signing the 32-year-old center forward in the January transfer window, but Swansea did not allow him to move to Stamford Bridge at the time. However, with Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham in the fold, Swansea might be a bit more agreeable this time, especially with only a year left on Llorente’s contract. Should this transfer happen, we could reasonably accuse Chelsea of executing a rather masterful masterplan to ensure Tammy plenty of playing time!

For Chelsea, going into next season with centre forward pair of Michy Batshuayi and Fernando Llorente is certainly not enough. But if Chelsea manage to add a top-top forward (as well) to the mix, it should be a good enough for both our Premier League and Champions League commitments.

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