After failing to secure his services in the January transfer market, Fernando Llorente is set to become the subject of another bid from Chelsea as the reigning Premier League champions look to resolve their growing striker crisis.
According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte remains keen on the Spain international “whose height and ability to hold up the ball, suits Chelsea’s system of playing with just one forward”. And who can blame the Chelsea manager for returning to his previous target? After all, it was the Spaniard’s 15 goals last season that helped keep Paul Clement’s struggling Swansea side in the Premier League. What’s more, Llorente worked with Conte during his time with Juventus, meaning that the Italian boss should know how to get the best out of the hitman.
This story comes after the news today that direct title rivals Manchester United had a bid of £75 million accepted for Everton striker and Chelsea transfer target Romelu Lukaku who had looked certain to secure a move back to West London.
Moreover, with unsettled striker Diego Costa looking for a way out of the London club – with Atlético Madrid the most likely destination – Conte and the Chelsea board must act quickly to assemble an attack capable of competing on all four fronts next season.