Antonio Conte’s Chelsea are in a strong position in the title race this Premier League season as they have taken an 8 point lead over Arsenal in the second place, 22 games into the season.
The manager will know that his team have done very well to get to this position but will know that the biggest challenge would be to keep them there till the end of the season.
Though the squad at the Bridge is among the best in the league, the manager will know that it is a bit weak in a few positions and he has been busy this transfer window trying to improve on the squad.
This has seen him linked with a number of star players recently and one such player who might be on his way to Chelsea before the deadline day is Fernando Llorente.
The Swansea City striker moved to the Premier League from Sevilla at the start of the season and has already helped the Swans to some important victories.
He has 8 goals in 15 starts for the Swans, including a brace at Anfield that gave the Welsh outfit a historic win in the Premier League.
His form has not gone unnoticed and Antonio Conte is determined to add him to the squad as a back up for first choice striker Diego Costa for the rest of the season.
Without European football, Chelsea do not need too much depth and with Michy Batshuayi also waiting in the ranks, Conte does not need an immediate addition to his attack but he is adamant to keep Llorente for contingencies and reports today suggest that they are closing in on a deal this month.
And now, bookmakers BetStars have priced the Premier League leaders as 6/4 favourites to secure a deal for the 31-year-old before Tuesday’s deadline.
“When Fernando Llorente was first linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge this window, I think everybody was a little surprised,” a BetStars spokesman said.
“But there is desire from the Blues to complete deal for the 31-year-old Spaniard who has hit eight Premier League goals in just 15 starts. Chelsea are the clear favourites to sign Llorente, at 6/4, with Antonio Conte eyeing attacking reinforcements. Four days remain until the window closes and there is still time for a deal to be done,” he added.
The Spanish star has already played under Conte in his time at Juventus and might be tempted to make the move but at the moment, Chelsea are yet to make an official approach for the player.
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