By Harvey Byrne
Premier League giants Chelsea have entered advanced talks with Swansea striker and Everton target Fernando Llorente, according to a report.
News outlet ESPN have claimed via their website that the Stamford Bridge club are now closing in on a deal for the 32-year-old Spaniard, despite a late move from the Toffees earlier in the week.
It is said that the London-based club have always been favourites to land Llorente this summer and that the Merseysiders will now continue their search for a new striker to bring to Goodison Park as Ronald Koeman looks to maximise his options following the sale of Romelu Lukaku.
Llorente has of course also worked with current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte after the two worked together at Juventus it is said that he himself is eager to move to the Blues and is hopeful of a deal being struck.
The towering forward was once regarded as one of Europe’s best strikers, helping Juventus to three Serie A titles alongside playing a part in Seveilla’s 2016 Europa League win.
However, arguably his greatest achievement was lifting the 2010 World Cup with Spain seven years a go.
Football Insider verdict:
Llorente would have been an excellent signing for Everton, as despite his best days being behind him he still managed a fine return of 15 goals in 33 outings in the Premier League. It is clear that the powerful Spaniard still has a lot of quality to offer in England’s top-flight and it is little wonder why the Toffees were interested in bringing him to Goodison Park this summer. However, with just over 24 hours of the window remaining Koeman must now seek alternate targets who can bring just as much quality before it becomes too late.
In other Everton transfer news, there has also been an emphatic decision made on this £100,000-a-week international striker interesting the Toffees.