Aug 31, 2017
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How Twitter reacted to Tottenham’s signing of Swansea striker Fernando Llorente from under Chelsea’s nose

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Tottenham provided one of the shocks of the transfer window as they have emerged from nowhere to complete the signing of Swansea striker Fernando Llorente, as confirmed on their club website.

Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague claims that the deal has cost the Lilywhites just £12 million, and that the 32-year-old will put pen to paper on a two year contract with an option for a further year.

For much of the summer, Llorente was expected to be on his way to Chelsea, say The Guardian. However, at the final moment Tottenham have leapfrogged their London rivals to seal a deal with Swansea and complete the signing of the Spaniard.

Having scored 15 goals for the Swans last season, he will bring proven Premier League experience to Wembley. He will likely compete with Harry Kane as a back-up option, rather than replace him, but his ability from the bench could make a real difference for Mauricio Pochettino and represents a clear upgrade from Vincent Janssen.

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Spurs fans will be hoping that Llorente can recreate that form at Wembley, where he will work with his new manager. Having kept Swansea up last season with his goals, he will be sorely missed in south Wales but few will begrudge him one last shot at the big time with a return to Champions League football. That said, Chelsea fans are not quite so happy at the fact that he has joined their London rivals in what is perceived as yet another failure to fulfill Antonio Conte’s requests.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:

Spurs confirmed the deal…

But only after a picture emerged of him in a Tottenham shirt…

And their fans were pleased…

One of the best bits was that he was a Chelsea target…

And Chelsea fans weren’t too pleased…

Though not everyone was quite so impressed…

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.