Chelsea are favourites to complete the signing of Real Madrid’s talented starlet Marcos Llorente as the Blues look to bring in some late additions to their squad ahead of the transfer window deadline.
The Daily Star report that Antonio Conte’s side are desperate to spend some more money ahead of the deadline and are readying a move for Llorente who they believe could be a replacement for the departed £40m Nemanja Matic, (fee per ESPN).
A conflicting start to the season has lead many to question Chelsea’s strength in depth after a somewhat frustrating transfer window. Losing Matic to title rivals Manchester United has aggravated many Chelsea supporters while simultaneously bewildering neutrals.
As an integral part to their title victory last season it was a strange move to allow the Serbian to join such a close rival with what appeared to be little effort at persuading Matic to stay.
It remains to be seen as to whether Llorente will be able to fill Matic’s boots at Stamford Bridge with the midfielder being just 22 years of age and therefore lacking the experience that the Serbian stalwart could boast.
We can expect the Blues to complete a lot of business in the lead up to the window closing and time will tell as to whether Llorente will leave the Spanish capital for Conte’s Chelsea.
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Atletico Madrid forward Fernando Torres was quick to send a message to Chelsea fans after discovering he would be back playing at Stamford Bridge this season. Antonio Conte’s men were handed a difficult group consisting of Atletico Madrid, Roma and Qarabag in the Champions League.
Atletico were one of the toughest second seeds in the competition and the visit of Diego Simeone’s men to Stamford Bridge will see Torres return to his old club. Torres spent four years in west London after a record-breaking move from Liverpool and he says he’s ‘happy’ to see the club back in Europe’s elite competition.
‘Back at Stamford Bridge for the UEFA Champions League,’ said Torres on Instagram. ‘So happy to see the Blues back at the competition. See you soon Chelsea’
Conte’s men host Everton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and will be hoping to build on their win against Tottenham at Wembley last weekend. Cesc Fabregas could return to the starting line-up after serving a one-match ban, while Pedro could be fit to stary.