Chelsea Transfer News: New Fernando Llorente Rumours, Danny Drinkwater Latest

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2017

Swansea City's Fernando Llorente, right, vies for the ball with Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly during the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Swansea City at Selhurst Park stadium, in London, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Chelsea are reportedly ready to return to Swansea City to make a deal for Fernando Llorente happen, while Danny Drinkwater of Leicester City is also on the list of targets ahead of deadline day.

According to Miguel Delaney of The Independent, manager Antonio Conte has long been interested in a reunion with Llorente, who also worked under him at Juventus.

The former Athletic Bilbao man played some of his best football in Turin while Conte was there and has proved a good fit in the Premier League as well, per WhoScored.com:

Chelsea could use another striker for depth, with Diego Costa seemingly no longer an option, and Llorente and Alvaro Morata worked well together in the past. The veteran forward would also bring a brand of physicality off the bench that the Blues lack up top.

Swansea are said to be closing in on a deal for former striker Wilfried Bony, and if the Ivorian does return to Wales from Manchester City, it would be easier to part with Llorente. Per the report, the Liberty Stadium club previously were reluctant to deal.

SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 24: Fernando Llorente in action during the Swansea City Training and Press Conference at The Fairwood Training Ground on August 24, 2017 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)
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Their asking price could be a major sticking point, however, as Delaney reported Swansea are still looking for £30 million for the 32-year-old.

Along with a striker, Conte is also said to be looking at midfield options and another wing-back. Drinkwater heads the list of possible candidates for the centre of the pitch, and Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Southampton's Cedric Soares are also mentioned.

Drinkwater has been linked with the Blues for some time now, and per Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph, negotiations have been ongoing for a while:

The 27-year-old played a big role in Leicester's surprise Premier League title win in the 2015-16 campaign but isn't seen as a major upgrade to Chelsea's current options. He would qualify as a homegrown player, however, partly explaining the club's interest.

With Nemanja Matic plying his trade for Manchester United, the Blues are short of options in the centre of the pitch, and a defensive specialist is needed. Drinkwater is versatile enough to fill that role or even push further up the pitch if needed.

The Blues have left it late in the transfer window to strike a deal for the Foxes star or Llorente, though, handing the leverage to their current clubs.

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