Eden Hazard hints Chelsea are closing in on fifth summer signing

Eden Hazard appears to suggest that Fernando Llorente could sign for Chelsea before the transfer deadline

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Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard Photo: The Sport Review

Eden Hazard has hinted that Chelsea are close to completing a transfer deal to sign Fernando Llorente from Swansea City on deadline day.

The Blues have been linked with a move to sign the 32-year-old striker in recent days as Antonio Conte looks to get his team ready to compete in the Champions League as well as the Premier League.

Chelsea have so far signed four players this summer after tying up deals for Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata.

And the 26-year-old Hazard has now hinted that the Blues could be set to complete a move to land Llorente before the 23:00 BST deadline on Thursday.

Speaking at a news conference while on international duty with Belgium on Wednesday night, Chelsea star Hazard said: “If Chelsea sign Llorente, he [Michy Batshuayi] will have less playing time.

“I do not know if Llorente still comes but if we have Llorente, Alvaro Morata and him, it will be difficult [for Batshuayi to get into the team].”

Llorente knows Conte well from the pair’s time together at Juventus.

Still, it remains to be seen whether the Blues will be able to complete a deal to land the Swansea City striker before the deadline on Thursday.

Chelsea made it back to back wins in the Premier League on Sunday when they beat Everton 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, to follow up their 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

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