Chelsea given a clear run at striker target after PSG cool their interest and £33M summer signing could go the other way

Chelsea have been given a clear run at Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente after PSG dropped out of the race to secure his services, according to The Sun.

As per The Sun, Llorente, who Chelsea boss Antonio Conte worked with previously during their time at Juventus, is seen as the perfect back-up to the Premier League’s top goal-scorer Diego Costa.

The tabloid note that the league leaders were believed to be facing stern competition in their pursuit of the Spaniard, with Ligue 1 champions PSG also said to be interested in signing him this month.

However, they note that, despite PSG boss Unai Emery’s interest, the club’s sporting director Patrick Kluivert will not sanction a move for the 31-year-old, with the Dutchman said to be keen on seeking a more high-profile addition,

This leaves Chelsea as firm favourites to sign Llorente, and The Sun note that Michy Batshuayi could go the other direction on loan. Batshuayi made the switch to Stamford Bridge in the summer for what the Guardian reported to be a £33 million fee, but has struggled to make much of an impact. A move to the Swans could be just what he needs to continue his development.

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