In Focus: Llorente can add striking depth Chelsea need to compete on all fronts

As reported by The Telegraph, Chelsea are set to make a move for Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente before the end of the transfer window.

What’s the story?

If the Blues are to compete on multiple fronts this season in the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League and cup competitions, then they will need a deep and talented squad in every area of the pitch.

Last season there was an over reliance on Diego Costa in attack and while that worked out fine domestically, they’ll need more in 2017/18.

That’ll be why Antonio Conte is lining up a move for a trusted former player to give his squad a boost.

The Telegraph say the Chelsea boss is plotting a £15m raid on Swansea City to sign Fernando Llorente, a striker who worked with him previously at Juventus.

What does he offer?

As noted, it’s depth that Llorente would offer Chelsea first and foremost, but that’s not to say he lacks the quality to make an impact and compete for places in Conte’s first-team.

The 32-year-old had an outstanding debut season in the English top-flight, scoring an impressive 15 goals for struggling Swansea last season.

With more quality around him at Stamford Bridge, he would surely be even more of a goal threat and capture the form that made him such a force at Athletic Bilbao.

While you’d expect Alvaro Morata to be first choice for the big games and the majority of the season, Llorente is more than capable back-up and has the scoring touch to shine under Conte once again.