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Manchester City consider rivaling Chelsea for Swansea striker

Manchester City are weighing up a shock move for Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente this summer, according to HITC.

The former Spain international has been in good form for Swansea this season, scoring 8 goals in the Premier League, one of them against City earlier this season at the Liberty Stadium. He also scored a brace against Liverpool at Anfield recently when the Swans pulled off an upset win.

The report from HITC claims that Italian sources close to Llorente’s brother, Chus, have told them that City are now interested in signing the Spaniard, who came close to joining Chelsea in the January transfer window. Antonio Conte’s side also retain an interest in the 31-year-old.

Pep Guardiola’s reason for being interested in the former Athletic Bilbao man is reported to be because, at 6’4″ tall, he would offer something different than City’s current attacking options. None of City’s three traditional strikers are even 6’0″ tall, meaning there is little aerial power up-front.

Assuming Sergio Aguero stays in the summer, which club sources remain adamant he will despite strong speculation of PSG readying a bid, it could cast a shadow on the future of Kelechi Iheanacho were the experienced Llorente to arrive. Iheanacho has not played a single minute of football for Guardiola’s side since the 4-0 defeat to Everton in mid-December.

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