Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is keen to seal a last-minute swoop for Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente, according to talkSPORT.
Llorente, who has previously played under the Italian manager at Juventus, was also a transfer target for the Blues in January, but a move never realized.
The report claims that the Premier League champions are still interested in the 32-year-old, even though they are yet to lodge a bid for the Spanish striker. Llorente, who joined the Swans on a two-year deal from Sevilla last summer, has only one year left on his current deal with the Welsh club.
He was one of the most important players for the Swans last season as his 15 league goals significantly helped them survive relegation in May. He is yet to play this season due to an arm injury but he remains an integral part of Paul Clement’s plans for next season.
The report also claims that the Swans will not allow Llorente to leave without securing a replacement in the next 24 hours. Llorente’s arrival at the club could also signal Michy Batshuayi’s departure from Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have allowed their youth star Tammy Abraham to move in the opposite direction this summer, and they must be hoping that it could help in their pursuit of Llorente.
Meanwhile, the Blues seemed to have lost Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool. The Blues had agreed on a £40m deal with the Gunners for the 24-year-old, but the 24-year-old has reportedly agreed to join Liverpool according to BBC.
Oxlade-Chamberlain had only one year left on his deal with the Gunners and he recently turned down a new deal to enforce his way into Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The England international’s arrival at Anfield could seal Divock Origi’s departure from the club. Bundesliga side Wolfsburg are favourites to sign the Belgium international on a loan move before Thursday night deadline.
Meanwhile, according to reports in Spain, Atletico Madrid could seal a last-hour move for Chelsea forward Diego Costa.
The Spain international is currently in exile in Brazil and has stated his desire to join his former club. However, Atletico will have to send the striker on a loan move till January – that’s when their transfer ban expires.