Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has revealed that the club are currently in the market for two new strikers, according to the BBC.
Whilst the Welsh club are interested in buying the Sevilla striker Fernando Llorente, they have also made an enquiry about signing Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa.
At present the only senior centre forward confirmed as being available to Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin for the start of the new season is Andre Ayew, after the club sold Eder and Alberto Paloschi to Lille and Atalanta respectively, whilst Bafetimbi Gomis is set to join Marseille on a season – long loan.
Subsequently with the Swans in desperate need to bolster their attacking options, they are understood to have identified both Llorente and Ulloa as potential candidates to help them achieve that.
Looking to Llorente
At 31-years-old Llorente is an aggressive, powerful and tall centre forward, who has scored seven goals in 24 appearances for Spain.
After establishing himself as one of the best strikers in La Liga whilst playing with Athletic Bilbao, for whom he made 333 appearances and scored 118 goals over the course of nine seasons, Llorente then joined Juventus in 2013 and stayed with the Turin giants for two years.
Subsequently at the start of last season Llorente moved back to Spain after agreeing to join Sevilla on a three-year contract. Whilst netting seven goals in 36 appearances for the La Liga outfit, Llorente helped the club to win the Europa League, as he scored twice as Sevilla beat FK Molde 3-0 in the first leg of their round of 32 tie, before going on to win 3-1 on aggregate.
Ultimately given that Llorente is a gifted centre forward blessed with great physicality, heading ability and touch, should Swansea capture him, they would be acquiring a player well equipped to play in the Premier League, just as another striker who the club are interested in signing has proven himself to be during the last two seasons.
Targeting Leicester’s Ulloa
After leaving Brighton to join Leicester on a four-year contract for £8m in July 2014, in his first season with the Foxes, Leonardo Ulloa helped the club to avoid relegation. The Argentinean striker scored 11 goals in 37 Premier League appearances, including a double as Leicester recovered from 3-1 down to memorably defeat Manchester United 5-3 at the King Power Stadium on 21 September 2014.
Despite not featuring as regularly last season, as manager Claudio Ranieri preferred to play Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki in attack, Ulloa was still an important member of Leicester Premier League title winning team, as he made 29 appearances and scored six goals.
Prior to switching to English football in January 2013 when he signed for Brighton, Ulloa spent two-and-a-half seasons playing with Almeria in Spain.
Other options being considered by affluent Swans
Whilst Llorente and Ulloa are two strikers understood to be of interest to Swansea, one of the club’s coach’s Alan Curtis has indicated that the Welsh side have a shortlist which features six attacking options, with one of those being Tottenham’s Nacer Chadli, according to the BBC.
At present Swansea believed to be in a strong position to buy new players, after receiving an injection of funds following an affluent US consortium buying a 68% stake in the club.