Chelsea is reportedly targeting a swap between its very own, Michy Batshuayi and Swansea’s Fernando Llorente.
Despite the fact that Chelsea is already leading the Premier League, the club’s head honcho, Antonio Conte still wants to strengthen their scoring options. Yet, it is unclear if such move was triggered by their disappointing defeat to Tottenham. What is certain as of the moment is that the Italian tactician wants to work with Llorente again.
Apparently, Conte is impressed with the Spanish scoring machine, having worked together in Juventus last 2014, where they won the title.
Yet, despite the loud buzz created by this swap, Sky Source stressed that certain clarifications are still to be made.
The media outfit shared that the deal (if it materializes) does not mention if the swap is a loan or a permanent transfer.
Meanwhile, the Swans’ newly-appointed head-honcho, Paul Clement is unhappy with the said news.
Llorente is their leading scorer and losing him would cripple the club. He has already issued a warning to take their hands off their striker.
Despite being ward off, reports have it that Chelsea is prepared to make a counter-offer. It is said that the Blues are willing to pay £33M for the swap. But so far, no response has been given.
Swansea is currently battling for survival. Struggling at the 19th spot of the league table, they are at risk of losing their Premier League status.
Llorente at present, is one of their lifelines. He has already delivered six goals in his last 17 appearances.
As for Batshuayi, he has yet to make an impression when he transferred to Chelsea last summer from Marseille.
Despite his potential, he has clearly struggled to make it to Conte’s starting XI.
When asked about his (Conte) opinion, he said:
“I repeat always in the same, in this period – I don’t like to talk about players of the other teams because it is not respectful to the player and for the team.”