Striker signs for Swans

6 Aug

Swansea have completed the signing of Spanish striker Fernando Llorente for a fee thought to be in the region of £5m.

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The 31-year-old, who was part of the Spain squads that won the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championship, joins from Sevilla after scoring nearly 130 goals in a career which has also taken in Athletic Bilbao and Juventus.

“The striker, who will wear squad number nine, has signed a two-year contract at the Liberty Stadium after undergoing a successful medical,” said a Swansea statement.

The 24-time capped Llorente won two Serie A titles and the Coppa Italia at Juventus after helping Athletic Bilbao to the finals of both the Copa del Rey and Europa League.

Llorente was part of the Sevilla squad which beat Liverpool to lift the Europa League title in May, but it is understood that his game time would have been limited under the club’s new manager Jorge Sampaoli this season.

“I am very happy to join Swansea,” Llorente told the official club website.

“I have scored goals in La Liga and Serie A, and now I want to score a lot of goals for the club in the Premier League.

“I want to score a lot of goals like Michu. He is a very good player and he did very well here.”

Llorente said he is looking forward to playing for Swansea’s Italian coach Francesco Guidolin having scored against his Udinese side in the 2013-14 season when he was at Juventus.

“He is a very good trainer and I am very happy to be working with him,” said Llorente, who could feature in Swansea’s final pre-season friendly against Rennes on Saturday.

“I know him from my time playing in Italy.

“He is very experienced and has done really well at the clubs he has managed.”


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