Tottenham round-up: Llorente deal on the brink; PSG defender arrives; potential for Spanish midfielder
Arguably the biggest shock of deadline day has come from north London, with Tottenham set to steal Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente from right under the noses of their arch-rivals Chelsea.
Sky Sports have followed the story throughout the day and, as of 21:45pm, the Spanish forward is still undertaking a medical at Tottenham as Mauricio Pochettino looks to get a deal done in time.
It is understood that Tottenham have agreed a £12.1 million fee with Swansea for the signing of Llorente, and an announcement will come with added joy after the striker opted against Chelsea.
Llorente was an influential figure for Swansea last season as they produced the great escape from relegation, scoring 15 Premier League goals in 33 appearances in his first full season at the Liberty.
The good news kept coming through the doors of Wembley Stadium over the course of Thursday afternoon as the not-so-secret arrival of Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier was confirmed.
The 24-year-old right-back has signed a five-year deal at the club in a move that BBC Sport believe will cost £23 million, with the Ivorian becoming the third defensive arrival since the start of last week.
Speaking to Tottenham’s official website, Aurier said:
“This is a huge and exciting opportunity at a massive football club and I am determined to prove myself as a professional both on and off the pitch.
“This is a fresh start for me and I will do everything to make the Spurs fanbase, which is huge and diverse, proud of me.”
There could be potential for one final arrival in north London before the transfer deadline today too, with speculation linking Spurs with a move for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes gaining stature.
The latest update from The Sun believes that Tottenham are making a last-gasp attempt to sign Gomes on a season-long loan, hoping they can fight off stiff competition from London rivals West Ham.
With just over an hour to go until the deadline it would be a real race against time to get anything completed, and it’s thought that any potential loan move would involve a huge fee and large wages.
But the 24-year-old has struggled to work a way into the Barcelona first-team since arriving from Valencia last summer and boss Ernesto Valverde is open to the idea of letting him go for the year.
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