Chelsea may have bested Spurs on the pitch earlier this month but the north London club have taken revenge off it.
Mauricio Pochettino has successfully swooped Antonio Conte by signing Fernando Llorente from Swansea for approximately £12million.
The experienced target man was high on the Blues’ shopping list this summer with as Conte believed the Spaniard’s aerial ability would add another dynamic to his pack of frontline centre-forwards that also includes Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi (and Diego Costa technically).
However, 32-year-old Llorente decided to sign for Spurs instead in a move that will concern Vincent Janssen.
The Dutch forward had been signed last summer to play first reserve to Harry Kane but found goals hard to come by when given playing time.
On the other hand, Llorente scored 15 league goals for a Swansea side that narrowly avoided relegation, forming a particularly productive partnership with Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Janssen’s underwhelming form in a Spurs shirt means Llorente is likely to be Pochettino’s Plan B if his side are chasing a goal or Kane suffers an injury.
As a veteran of 27 Spain caps, he will also provide experience — something Spurs could do with to balance out the youthful exuberance in their attacking unit.
Earlier today they signed notorious badboy Serge Aurier from PSG.
The 24-year-old signed for £23million and was signed to fill the void left by Kyle Walker.
Swansea have re-signed Wilfried Bony from Man City as a replacement for Llorente.
The Ivory Coast forward scored 26 goals in 54 league games for the Swans between 2013 and 2015.
Sigurdsson and Llorente has become Renato Sanches and Bony — you’d take that wouldn’t you, Swansea fans?
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