In Focus: Tottenham’s £25m Llorente valuation means Chelsea move is unlikely

According to Matt Law of The Telegraph via his official Twitter account, Tottenham Hotspur would be willing to sell striker Fernando Llorente to Premier League rivals Chelsea before the January transfer window slams shut on Wednesday, but only for £25m – the same price they are set to sign Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura for.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Blues boss Antonio Conte is desperate to sign a new target man before the close of play on Wednesday, and if he fails with a move for Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud The Sun reports he will turn his attentions to Llorente, whom he was also keen on back in the summer before the 32-year-old joined Spurs.

Matt Law says that the north London outfit would be willing to sell Harry Kane’s back-up if they can make a large profit on the £14m they paid Swansea for the Spaniard on August 31, but they would demand £25m for his services now.

How has Llorente done this season?

The centre-forward arrived at Wembley having scored 15 goals in 35 appearances in all competitions for Swansea, but he has found life from the substitutes’ bench in north London much more difficult.

The 32-year-old has only started in seven of his 23 outings for Mauricio Pochettino’s men this term, scoring two goals and providing one assist, with many of his appearances being brief cameo roles from the bench.

According to WhoScored.com, the Spaniard’s main strength is his ability in the air, but the 6ft 5in striker hasn’t even been at his best in that regard either this season having only won 22 of the 38 aerial duels he has contested in 19 outings in the Premier League and the Champions League for Spurs.

Is he worth £25m?

Considering he will be 33 next month and only has 18 months left on his contract you would think not, but Tottenham don’t need  –and aren’t keen – to sell the Spaniard this month unless they receive an offer they can’t afford to refuse.

Pochettino needs Llorente to provide back-up to Kane for the busy run-in, and he would likely need to find a replacement for the Spaniard before the deadline even if Chelsea were willing to cough up their asking price, making a move unlikely.

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