With an 8 point lead at the end of January, Antonio Conte’s Chelsea are firm favorites at the moment to lift the Premier League title and the manager will be happy that his summer signings have helped improve a team that was low on confidence.
Conte spent insane amounts of money on the squad in the summer and is reaping the benefits but he wants to make sure that his debut in England ends with silverware.
He has been looking to further strengthen his squad this month and has been linked with a number of star players but with the deadline not too far away, the rumors are coming in thick and fast.
And according to a report from the Mirror, Chelsea have now failed to land Spanish striker Fernando Llorente this January.
The Swansea City man is currently the highest goal scorer for the club and is in bright form and Conte wanted to snap him up this month to act as a backup for Diego Costa at the Stamford Bridge.
It was reported that Chelsea were close to landing him, bur Mirror claim that they will not be able to land him before the transfer window is shut.
Llorente, who won the Serie A under Antonio Conte a couple of years ago was targeted on a loan basis but the Welsh side have now successfully manager to keep him at the club for the rest of the season.
With 8 goals already this season, Llorente, has adjusted well to the challenges of the Premier League and Conte was desperate for his signature and was sure that he would get them to the title.
Having already worked with the 31-year old, Conte would not have taken any time in getting him accustomed to his role at the club and he could have been a more than able replacement for Costa for rest of the season.
Young Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi remains the only backup for the first choice striker at the club and Conte does not want to take any chances to spurn a glorious opportunity to win the Premier League title.
But he will now have to do it without Llorente.
Do you think that the Swansea City man could have helped Antonio Conte land the mega price in his first season incharge of the Premier League outfit?