Reports coming out of Chelsea are suggesting that, after the capture of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for an initial £58m, Antonio Conte will once again target Fernando Llorente as a backup to his star man.
Llorente was linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge in January but, while admitting there was interest from the eventual Premier League champions, he ‘said straight away’ that it was never going to be a possibility for him to leave while the club were fighting relegation.
In the same interview however, Llorente – who worked with Conte at Juventus – confessed that a move away to a ‘big club’ could be possible in the future:
If a big club comes in for me in the future who knows because every player wants to play for a big club.
It would be a move that would all but pave the way for a Swansea return for Wilfried Bony, who has been heavily linked with a move back to the Liberty Stadium where he thrived in his first season in the Premier League.
That being said, there is a long way to go before any kind of deal is struck between the two clubs for Llorente. The Swans are reported to be demanding a fee of £30m for the 6’4″ Spaniard, which despite the millions of pounds that Chelsea have, is big money for a 32 year old.
Should they fail to land one of Swansea’s star assets, Chelsea have also been linked with a move for Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke. The Belgian forward however, has played down speculation linking him away from Selhurst Park claiming that he is ‘very happy’ and ‘looking forward for this new season’.
Losing both Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson in the same window could be a huge blow to the Swans’ hopes of avoiding another agonising relegation battle next season, which is a huge part of the reasoning behind the huge transfer fee they are demanding.
If Llorente wants to leave, it is unlikely that the club will stand in his way. At 32 years old, there’s no guarantee that his second season in the Premier League will be as successful as his first. Llorente has not travelled with the rest of the squad to America, as he continues to recover from a fractured arm which he picked up over the Summer.