Swansea closing in on striker Llorente

4 Aug

Fernando Llorente celebrates with his Sevilla team-mates


Fernando Llorente scored his first international goal against England in 2009

Swansea City are closing in on the signing of Sevilla’s Spain striker Fernando Llorente.

The 31-year-old has two years left on his contract with the La Liga side, who have won the Europa League for the past three seasons.

“It has come a long way with Swansea to reach an agreement,” said Sevilla sporting director Monchi.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins expects to announce at least one new signing in the “next few days”.

Jenkins has previously said the Swans want at least two new strikers after the summer departures of forwards Alberto Paloschi, Eder and Bafetimbi Gomis.

A tall and powerful target man with seven goals in 24 appearances for Spain, Llorente would be a significant signing for the Premier League side.

He rose to prominence with Athletic Bilbao and joined Juventus in 2013, spending two years in Italy before moving back to Spain with Sevilla.

Llorente scored seven goals in 36 appearances for the La Liga side in all competitions last season.

Swansea have also enquired about Premier League champions Leicester City’s Argentine striker Leonardo Ulloa.

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