Chelsea return for Tottenham striker as alternative to Olivier Giroud

Chelsea have made alternative plans in the event of them failing to sign Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud this month.

The Blues are desperate to land a new attacker this month as they look to allow Michy Batshuayi leave Stamford Bridge on-loan this month. The Blues first choice remains AS Roma’s Edin Dzeko but a move for this Bosnian is unlikely going to happen before tomorrow’s transfer window deadline.

Arsenal have reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund over the transfer of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and his arrival would make Giroud surplus to requirements opening the door for switch to Stamford Bridge.

However, until Aubameyang comes to Arsenal, Giroud would not leave and in the event that the transfer breaks down, Chelsea have identified Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente as an alternative.

Llorente came close to signing for Chelsea last summer but the move was hijacked by Tottenham and the Spanish attacker has since scored just twice for the Lilywhites this season.

Despite his lack of goals, Antonio Conte who managed him at Juventus still believes the 33 years old has a lot to offer his team. Llorente’s aerial prowess as well as his stamina seems to be the main reason why Conte is targeting him as Morata has shown a lack of physicality required to thrive in the Premier League.

Tottenham would likely demand the 12 million pounds they paid for his services when he joined them from Swansea last summer.

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