Tottenham rival Chelsea for Llorente

Tottenham Hotspur have made a shock bid to beat Chelsea to Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente.

Chelsea have been interested in landing Llorente since January, with boss Antonio Conte keen to work with him again after being with him at Juventus.

But now Spurs have come in and have tabled a bid with the Welsh club, who have accepted the £12million offer.

Chelsea were expected to match the offer, but they haven’t and that has left Tottenham firm favourites.

Conte would be loathed to miss out on a player he has wanted in his squad for months, but there is now a battle to land him – although Swansea sources have told me that they still believe he is likely to end up with

We spoke to PaddyPower’s Lee Price about the market on Llorente.

“Daniel Levy thinks of himself as the king of the transfer market, until it gets to deadline day and he makes a rash purchase,” Price told

“Last summer, it was £30million on Moussa Sissoko, this year it’s a similar amount for Fernando Llorente. For a man who loves money so much, I’m stunted Spurs are in for this deal.”

Swansea have agreed a deal with Manchester City for former striker Wilfried Bony, who will replace Llorente.

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