Michy Batshuayi & Fernando Llorente Swap Deal Edging Closer
Posted by Matt Walters | Published on January 7, 2017
Italian newspaper Di Marzio report that Chelsea’s plans for a deal to sign Fernando Llorente of Swansea City are “full steam ahead” with Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi going to South Wales as part of the deal, potentially on loan. Conte previously worked with the Spaniard at Juventus.
Llorente has been good value for Swansea so far this season following his transfer from Sevilla, rumoured to be worth £5m; the striker has scored 6 goals in 17 games despite Swansea’s struggles and has scored braces in two of their 4 league wins this season including a stoppage time equaliser and winner in their 5-4 win over Crystal Palace. The last time Llorente scored double figures in a league season was under Conte at Juventus as they won the Scudetto and he recently dubbed the current Chelsea boss “The best I’ve played under.”
Batshuayi however, has failed to set the world alight following his £33m transfer from Marseille. He has made 12 Premier League appearances, all as a substitute and amounting to a total of 86 minutes. He scored a single goal against Watford early in the season and has registered one assist. Despite this, he scored 17 goals in 36 games for Marseille last season and made 9 assists in Ligue 1 last season. Should Batshuayi only join on loan, Chelsea will also pay Swansea for Llorente’s services but Di Marzio reporter David Amoyal said he “wouldn’t imagine it would be much.”
Chelsea are currently short on strikers with Costa and Batshuayi the only senior strikers at the club but youngster Dominic Solanke is also available for them. Swansea have a similar situation with Llorente and Borja Baston the only senior strikers at the club but Oli McBurnie has played this season. Given Swansea’s need to strengthen other areas this Winter, it’s likely that they would only accept a swap deal with a striker coming in, allowing them to carry on with other targets.