Chelsea close to signing Antonio Conte’s former striker – report

Chelsea are closing in on a deal to bring Fernando Llorente to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth around £15m, according to reports

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Chelsea are close to reuniting manager Antonio Conte with Spanish striker Fernando Llorente, according to reports in England.

The Evening Standard is reporting that the Premier League champions are on the brink of completing a deal to sign the 32-year-old from Swansea City.

The same article states that Chelsea have agreed a fee in the region of £15m to bring the former Athletic Bilbao striker to Stamford Bridge.

Swansea are hoping to bring Wilfried Bony back to the Liberty Stadium before sanctioning Llorente’s transfer to Chelsea, according to the same story.

Llorente played under Conte during the Italian’s spell in charge of Serie A giants Juventus before the Chelsea boss took over the reins of his national team in 2014.

The Spanish striker scored 16 times in 34 appearances to help Conte win his third Serie A title before calling time on his spell in charge in Turin.

Chelsea have already signed four players in the summer transfer window as the Italian coach looks to prepare his Blues squad for a return to the Champions League.

The west London side have signed Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero, AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.

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