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Chelsea beaten by Spurs in Llorente race

Tottenham Hotspur have beaten Premier League rivals Chelsea to the signing of Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente, according to reports.

Diario AS claim that Mauricio Pochettino’s side have made a better offer than champions Chelsea and that more promise to the former Spanish international, such as playing time and bonuses.

Spurs have had a poor summer in terms of bolstering their squad but former Espanyol boss Pochettino has remained optimistic he would add to their attacking options and it now looks likely that 32-year-old Llorente will be that option.

Various reports across English media had claimed Blues boss Antonio Conte has been interested in the striker, with a deal in the region of £15m being touted – but the Stamford Bridge outfit will have to come back with a late improved offer.

Conte had seen Llorente as the perfect option to replace Diego Costa, who is set to join Atletico Madrid in a reported £41m deal.

Welsh side Swansea are reluctant to allow Llorente to leave the club with just a few hours remaining the summer transfer market.

Llorente started his professional career with Athletic Bilbao, scoring over 100 goals for the Basque side, before leaving for stints with Juventus, Sevilla and Swansea.



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