Reports: Swansea close in on Fernando Llorente deal

Numerous media outlets have suggested that the Spaniard's South Wales switch is almost complete.

Reports: Swansea close in on Fernando Llorente deal
Could Llorente be on his way to the Premier League? (Photo: AS)

Fernando Llorente should be unveiled as a Swansea City player this week, according to reports.

Llorente struggled to make an impact at Sevilla last season following his Juventus switch, and is not understood to be part of their plans for the new season as a result.

With the Spanish side looking forward to another UEFA Champions League campaign, having won the Europa League for a third successive season last term, the striker is set to be left out of the squad, provoking him to look elsewhere for a chance.

And with the Premier League an adventure he is yet to explore, the two-time Serie A winner has his sights set on England now and the Liberty Stadium.

Move imminent

Speaking to the press earlier this week, chairman Huw Jenkins said that he was expecting to announce at least one new signing in South Wales in the "next few days."

Following that, Sevilla's sporting director spoke to the media about Llorente and gave away who that one new face would be, saying: "It has come a long way with Swansea to reach an agreement."

The Swans will be forced to pay a fee for the Spain international, who has two years left on his contract in Seville, but given that the La Liga club are looking to ship him off, it shouldn't be one too heavy.

Llorente won Euro 2012 with Spain, two years after clinching the World Cup title with them. (Photo: Reuters)
Llorente won Euro 2012 with Spain, two years after clinching the World Cup title with them. (Photo: Reuters)

One down, one to go?

Supporters of the Swans will be delighted with this news, with their club not currently able to boast a single senior striker on their books.

Following the sales of Éder and, more bizarrely, Alberto Paloschi, as well as the loan of Bafetimbi Gomis to Marseille, André Ayew has been left to lead the line - a man who primarily plays out wide.

Young striker Oliver McBurnie has chipped in with a few goals in pre-season to remind Francesco Guidolin that he can look to the youth, but Llorente will bring genuine experience to the team - experience of playing as an out and out number nine.

Jenkins has said that the team need at least two new strikers, and this should be one down then, with the move looking to be imminent.

After the deal is done for the former FIFA World Cup and European Championship winner, Swansea will then turn their attentions to other targets who can also add goals to the frontline.

The club have already enquired about the availibility of Leicester City's Leonardo Ulloa, while Peter Crouch has also been linked along with - as usual - former star Wilfried Bony.