Tottenham have had a shock bid for Fernando Llorente accepted by Swansea – but Chelsea are set to spark a deadline day war by countering their offer.
The Spain striker has been a target of Antonio Conte all window but he could be pipped at the post again by the London rivals.
Chelsea have coveted the striker all summer with Conte hoping to reunite with the Spaniard after a brief spell at Juventus.
The Italian tactician sees Llorente as the ideal mentor to help new club-record signing Alvaro Morata settle in England as fast as possible.
But Spurs are intent on spoiling the party – according to BBC journalist David Ornstein.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been quiet all summer but look set to ramp up the intensity on Deadline Day, with a deal for PSG full back Serge Aurier near completion.
And Pochettino will consider Llorente as the perfect Plan B to Harry Kane, with Spurs short on attacking reinforcements.
Kane was injured for 11 weeks of last season which ultimately cost Tottenham a proper tilt at the Premier League title.
If Spurs are to beat Chelsea to Llorente it will be the second time in the matter of days the Blues have lost out to a major rival, after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain snubbed their advances to join Liverpool.