Despite having secured the signing of Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata, the Independent say that Antonio Conte wants to add another striker to his squad this summer in the form of Swansea striker Fernando Llorente. However, they also claim that the Swans are demanding £30 million to sign their star striker.
Why would Chelsea want to sign Llorente?
A big part of the reasoning behind the Blues’ interest is likely to be the fact that Llorente worked with Conte at Juventus, and then remained at the club after Morata’s arrival. The duo have always played together, albeit briefly, for the Spanish national team.
On top of that, he has a season of Premier League experience under his belt and has been a hit. With 15 goals in his debut season, registering the highest conversion ratio from shots to goals, he has plenty of potential to be much more than a powerful presence off the field at the club.
Is he worth £30 million?
Entering into the final year of his contract and aged 32, it would be easy to argue that he isn’t. It is also six times the fee that the Welsh club paid for the Spaniard only 12 months ago.
There are few other players like Llorente on the market, particularly with the experience and relationships that make him such a special case for Conte. Given those factors, the club may be forced to spend a little higher than they want to secure their man.
Is a move likely?
Llorente could be a high priority target, but it seems unlikely that any club would agree to such a fee in these circumstances. Roman Abramovich will hope to negotiate a lower price.
However, for Paul Clement’s side, he could well be worth it. Having been the club’s main source of goals last season, he could be the difference between survival and relegation to the Championship. That alone would be worth missing out on a £30 million transfer fee.