CHELSEA are keen on signing Swansea striker Fernando Llorente.
Llorente, 32, was linked with a move to Chelsea last season as the Gunners looked set to lose Diego Costa in the January transfer window.
Costa stayed and the interest in Llorente petered out, but now, with Chelsea’s top scorer from last season set to exit the club, the Blues could make another approach for the Swansea ace.
And their need could be compounded if Michy Batshayi exits the club; an option that’s frequently been reported on this summer.
The Times report Antonio Conte’s side are considering Spaniard Llorente as a backup attacker for next season.
He fits the mould of a physical force to lead the line that Costa brought to the side over the last three seasons.
The World Cup winner scored 15 goals for Swansea last season and was crucial in their bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Chelsea are expected to add Romelu Lukaku to their strike force this summer from Everton as they look for a replacement for Costa.
And Llorente could rotate into the side as Conte’s team play in four competitions next season including the Champions League.
They’re also expected to sign midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco in the coming weeks along with Roma defender Antonio Rudiger.