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Chelsea Linked With Relegation Threatened Striker

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is lining up a shock move for a relegation threatened striker. According to the Daily Star, Conte is interested in bringing Fernando Llorente to the Premier League leaders.

Llorente joined Swansea City last summer having won the Europa League with Sevilla. The 6ft 4in striker has enjoyed spells at Basconia, Atletic Bilbao and Juventus and was once regarded as one of Europe’s top strikers.

A Spanish international, Llorente has scored seven goals in twenty four appearences but has not featured for his country since 2013. He was part of Spain’s 2010 World Cup winning squad as well as their Euro 2012 win.

Following his arrival at Swansea, Llorente has scored six league goals and has been one of the Swans’ bright sparks in an otherwise disastrous season. Llorente scored two stoppage time goals against Crystal Palace in Swansea’s enthralling 5-4 win.

SWANSEA, WALES - NOVEMBER 26:  Fernando Llorente of Swansea City celebrates scoring his team's fifth goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Crystal Palace at Liberty Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

However with the Welsh outfit currently without a manager and four points from safety, Llorente may feel the temptation to jump ship. Although thirty three years of age, the Spaniard may want another shot at a big club.

With Chelsea sitting top of the table, a move to Stamford Bridge would certainly be an attractive option. It was be a dramatic turn of events for Llorente moving from the bottom of the Premier League to the top, with the switch of a relegation battle to a title chase a hard offer to turn down.

In recent weeks Chelsea have been linked with former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez. The Mexican would be a controversial signing but certainly an effective one should a deal be pushed through. However with Diego Costa, Michy Batshuayi and Dominic Solanke Chelsea’s only recognised strikers, Llorente could provide Conte with a tall option with international experience for  cut of the price of Hernandez.

Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena

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