Chelsea will move their attention to a back-up striker after signing Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, but are faced with a similarly tricky situation in their initial pursuits of Swansea City’s Fernando Llorente and Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke.
Morata passed his medical in London to complete a move from Real Madrid worth around £70m, with the Italian already having looked to bring in the regular back-up option that Chelsea missed last season.
Antonio Conte has now moved his attention to Spanish international Llorente, who has been their main target. Llorente have worked with both Conte and Morata before at Juventus, and is seen by the younger forward as something of a mentor given how he talked him through his time at Turin.
Swansea would however demand a very high fee for Llorente, which Chelsea are so far unwilling to rise to.
Swansea City know the rare value of a player who scored 15 Premier League goals in the just concluded season, and effectively kept Paul Clement’s side up, so would expect a fee of above £30m, especially since they would also have the difficult task of replacing him.