Tottenham shock bid for PL striker accepted - BBC journalist
By Danny Wright
Tottenham have had a “shock” bid for Swansea striker Fernando Llorente accepted, according to a reliable journalist.
BBC Sport reporter David Ornstein claimed on his personal Twitter account on deadline day that the Swans had given the green light for Llorente, 32, to sign for Spurs despite him being chased by Chelsea all summer.
It is understood that the Premier League champions have been close to signing the former Juventus and Sevilla forward all summer but have never had an offer accepted.
The BBC journalist added that Chelsea are now poised to counter Spurs’ bid and that the outcome is “too close to call” at this stage.
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 31, 2017
Premier League striker Llorente was only signed by the Swans last summer and scored 15 goals in 33 league appearances, playing a major part in the Welsh club’s top-flight survival.
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The 24-times Spain international was also part of the famous World Cup winning squad of 2010.
He is yet to play this season after sustaining a broken arm during pre-season training.
Football Insider Verdict
This will be a massive statement made by Tottenham if they can beat Chelsea to the signing of Llorente and it could be the start of Antonio Conte decided to walk out of the Stamford Bridge. The Blues have had a very frustrating summer, not least with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain recently reported to have rejected them for a move to Liverpool. Missing out on Llorente, who is not up to scratch for a title-chasing team, would be a show of the times with the north London side looking to be the more attractive proposition at the moment. Time will tell where Llorente will end up, but it doesn’t seem that he will be a Swansea player much longer.