Another transfer setback for Chelsea on deadline day

Premier League champions Chelsea can’t seem to get anything right in the transfer market of late.

After losing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, the Blues have now reportedly lost Swansea striker Fernando Llorente to Tottenham.

Yesterday we reported that Blues manager Antonio Conte is keen to sign the former Juventus striker, but Spurs have gazumped their move on the deadline day. Spurs reportedly registered their interest in the player last-Wednesday and completed the signing by Thursday morning.

According to La Liga journalist Guillem Blagaue, Llorente has agreed on a £12m move to join the North London side. The 32-year-old has reportedly signed on a two-year deal with Spurs with the option on an additional year.

Meanwhile, the Blues never managed to make an official bid for the veteran striker, who scored a total of 15 league goals in 33 appearances for the Swans last season. The Spaniard was a key figure in Swansea’s survival from relegation last season, and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino seemed to have made another smart purchase in the transfer market.

The Blues, who also wanted to sign Llorente in January, are still expected to bring players in on the deadline day, but last two days have been full of disappointments for the Blues on the transfer front. However, the Premier League champions are still believed to be chasing the likes of Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater, Riyad Mahrez and Cedric Soares on the last day of the window.

Meanwhile, the Swans are set to sign their former player Wilfried Bony in a £12m deal from Manchester City. The Ivorian, who joined City for an initial fee of £25 million in January 2015, will replace Llorente in Paul Clement’s squad.

The 28-year-old spent last season on loan at Stoke City, but could only manage a couple of goals in ten league appearances.

Llorente’s arrival at the North London club could also signal the departure of Dutch striker Vincent Janssen.

According to the latest reports, West Brom have made a bid of around £25m for the Spurs striker. Janssen joined Spurs in a £17m move from AZ Alkmaar last summer, but could only manage a couple of goals in 24 league appearances.


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