Chelsea have been one of the more regularly written about teams in relation to January business but a new link has surfaced over the last 24 hours.
Reports in Spain suggest that Chelsea have a surprise target. And Sky Sports writes:
Chelsea are lining up a shock move for Swansea striker Fernando Llorente, according to reports in AS.
The journeyman Spaniard, who won the Silver Shoe in 2005 at the FIFA U20 World Cup has played 24 times for Spain since his debut in 2008 and scored 7 goals.
He’s also represented the Basque Country 5 times with one goal scored.
Most of his career was spent at Athletic Bilbao where he was a sensation and hit 118 goals in 333 games.
He moved to Juventus in 2013 and was a bit part player for two years but still got a decent return on his 92 games in Italy with 27 goals.
He scored seven in 36 for Sevilla last season before moving to Swansea this term. And, after a slow start, the 31-year-old has given a good impression of himself despite the general struggles of his team, with 5 goals in 13 games for The Swans.
Llorente is a master technician. He was never that quick but he uses the ball so well and his first touch is immaculate.
He reminds TFF of Teddy Sheringham who was regularly regarded as having the first few yards in his head because he had such a football brain.
Llorente may not be the hard-running workhorse that Antonio Conte is moulding his side around but TFF believes that he would definitely add quality to the squads overall with his intelligence and technique.
And, at 31, he could still have a couple of great seasons at Chelsea.
Llorente played under Conte for a season in 2013/14.
Chelsea fans: would this be a clever signing or is Llorente too old and slow to make a positive difference at the club.