Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Fernando Llorente from Swansea City, beating Chelsea to the striker. Chelsea had been favourites for Llorente’s signature for weeks, especially given that he played for Antonio Conte at Juventus before
Spurs agreed a fee with Swansea of close to £15million as well as a two-year contract with the Spain international signing just prior to the window closing on Thursday evening.
. Llorente was at Spurs’ Enfield training base earlier this morning where he underwent his medical.
Premier League champions Chelsea had been close to a reported £15mdeal for the 32-year-old but the Spaniard has joined Spurs instead, becoming the club’s fifth addition of the transfer window.
Conte saw him as the perfect senior partner for the young Alvaro Morata, who they signed from Real Madrid earlier this summer but Tottenham pushed for Llorente on Wednesday and eventually completed the deal just minutes before the deadline. Mauricio Pochettino now has a more experienced Plan B striker to fill in for Harry Kane.
Llorente joined Swansea from Spanish side Sevilla in August 2016 and scored 15 goals in 33 Premier League appearances last season.as the club avoided relegation last season.
A product of Athletic Bilbao’s academy, The 6ft 4in striker spent nine seasons at Athletic Bilbao, scored 111 goals in 327 games at the Basque club before he joined Juventus in July, 2013, where he netted 27 times in 92 appearances Fernando was a key part of two Serie A and one Italian Cup winning sides at Juventus and won the 2016 Europa League with Sevilla.
He has scored seven goals in 24 appearances for Spain, winning the 2010 World Cup.