Three winners and three losers as Swansea's Fernando Llorente joined Tottenham
After adding Serge Aurier to their ranks, Tottenham pressed on with their summer transfer activity by bringing Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente to the club for an undisclosed fee, as reported by BBC Sport.
The Spaniard became Spurs fifth addition and he joined on a two-year deal. The former Athletic Bilbao man scored 15 goals for Swansea last season, helping the Welsh club avoid relegation.
His move to a bigger team comes as a result of his good form, but who benefits and who suffers from Llorente’s transfer to Tottenham?
The Spaniard himself comes out as a winner due to the fact he’s joined a bigger side. The 32-year-old, who is coming to the closing stages of his career, gets to play in the Champions League and compete for trophies instead of battling relegation.
At his age, he has played a lot, so he will no doubt be pleased to have a less pressurised squad role. Instead, Llorente will be hoping the he can make an impact when he is called upon for Spurs.
Paul Clement may have mixed feelings about Llorente’s departure due to the fact that the Spaniard was an integral part of their side last season.
However, the Swans have added Wilfried Bony and Tammy Abraham to their strike force this summer, two players that are more than capable of finding the back of the net.
Since breaking into Tottenham’s side, Harry Kane has been heavily relied upon in the goals department. Vincent Janssen was meant to ease the load, but the Dutchman has failed to showcase his talent.
Kane will be hoping that Llorente doesn’t suffer the same fate as Janssen, and instead, hits the ground running. The Spaniard is a player capable of taking some weight off the Englishman’s shoulders and Spurs fans will sure be hoping he does just that.
The Italian boss missed out on a number of targets this summer, but, after closing in on a £15 million move for Llorente, according to Goal, Conte will particularly aggrieved to see the Spaniard join a title rival.
Chelsea now only have two strikers in the first-team fold. However, if they can solve the issues surrounding Diego Costa, missing out on Llorente will be long forgotten.
Having not signed Llorente, Chelsea failed to ship off Costa and he was denied an exit from the Blues. Instead, the Spain international is now expected to rejoin the Under-23s, as per the Goal.
The news outlet also reported that a transfer to Atletico Madrid, the club he joined Chelsea from, fell through on deadline day due to complications.
Despite finding adequate replacements, Swansea have now lost two integral members of last season’s side. Gylfi Sigurdsson, their creator, has joined Everton, and Llorente has now also departed The pair were what kept the Swans in the Premier League and to lose them both is a massive blow.
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