In Focus: Chelsea need a world-class striker in addition to Fernando Llorente

According to reports in The Times, Chelsea are ready to revive their interest in Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, with Diego Costa seemingly on his way out of the club this summer and Manchester United looking to have won the race to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Blues boss Antonio Conte is going to need to step up his search for new strikers in the coming weeks.

The Premier League champions tried to sign Llorente during the January transfer window, but the Swans refused to sell as they wanted the Spaniard to help them fight against relegation.

However, Conte is still keen on bringing the 32-year-old, who he signed for Juventus during his time there and has just one year remaining on his contract at the Liberty Stadium, to Stamford Bridge as a back-up centre-forward next term, according to The Times.

How did Llorente do last season?

It may have been his first season in the Premier League during his long career, but the 6’4″ striker made a huge impression and was one of the main reasons the Swans secured their top flight status for another season.

The 32-year-old scored 15 goals in 33 appearances and will have impressed Conte with the impact he had for a team battling at the wrong end of the table.

Would he be a good signing for Chelsea?

As a back-up striker, he certainly would be.

There is no doubt that if Costa goes and the Blues miss out on Lukaku that they will sign a new centre-forward in a big-money deal, but Llorente would be a useful back-up alongside Michy Batshuayi – unless the Belgian is sent out on loan.

The Spaniard would certainly give Chelsea a different option from the bench because of his height and strength in the air, and it would allow them to play a different style if they needed to.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, there is no doubt that Llorente would be a useful and effective addition from Chelsea from the substitutes’ bench and as a starter in some Premier League games, but they need a main striker too.