Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente on their club Twitter. The Guardian say that Spurs fought off competition from Chelsea, who had previously been linked with a move for the centre forward in January.
Who is he?
A 32-year-old Spanish veteran, Llorente has had an illustrious career. Having come through the youth ranks at Athletic Bilbao, he moved on a free transfer to Juventus where he worked under Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. Since then, he has spent time on loan at Sevilla back in Spain and last season impressed as he ended the season as Swansea’s top goalscorer with 15 goals.
What’s the deal?
Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague claims that the deal is for around £12 million, with Llorente putting pen to paper on a two year contract with an option for another year to be extended. Given the fact that Llorente is 32-years-old and was in the final year of his Swansea contract, it seems a fair price to pay.
What’s his style of play?
Llorente is a strong and physical centre-forward who is best known for his aerial strength. Premier League defences struggled to contain him in the air last season and he will look to use that battering ram technique again at Wembley for Tottenham on a regular basis.
What will his arrival mean for Tottenham?
Primarily, it will mean competition for Harry Kane. Vincent Janssen was signed last summer with that in mind but failed to live up to expectations in a disappointing debut campaign. Llorente has already shown that he has what it takes in the Premier League and will also offer a more direct option up-front.
What’s the reaction?
Spurs fans are generally happy, welcoming the added quality and experience that Llorente will bring to the side. Some have questioned whether he is past his best and the re-sale value, or lack of, but the vast majority have been pleased by the deadline day deal.