Chelsea have apparently sent Atletico Madrid an offer to signed the Spaniard star player, who worth £101 million in the transfer market this summer.
According to AS, it is worth £33.8m (€40m). This falls well below Llorente’s £101m (€120m) release clause.
Surprisingly, Atletico Madrid rejects Chelsea proposal. They view Llorente as their key player and do not want to lose him, especially to the up coming UEFA Champions League match next month.
No doubt, Chelsea might come back with an improved offer to signed the Marcos Llorente. New owner Todd Boehly is keen to impress fans by bringing in more big names before the transfer window shuts.
However, Boehly and Chelsea may find it hard to agree personal terms with Llorente, even if a deal is reached with Atletico.
That’s because the versatile player is ‘excited’ about the new La Liga campaign. He knows he did not have the best season last time out and is aiming to put this right.
Due to this, Llorente is unlikely to enter contract discussions with Chelsea as he wants to stay in Madrid.
Chelsea need to lower the average age of their midfield. N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are 31 and 30 respectively, while Mateo Kovacic is 28.
The perfect way to do this would be to keep Conor Gallagher from the clutches of Newcastle. The Magpies apparently hope to sign him, either on loan or permanently.
While Boehly wants to spend money and bring in a top player like Llorente, it may be best just to rely on Gallagher. The Englishman proved he can shine in the Premier League during a loan spell at Crystal Palace last season.
Marcos Llorente, has what the Blues are looking for, intense of energy and can even get in amongst the goals, too. Last term, he found the net eight times for Palace.
Stars so far signed by Chelsea, Four players have joined Chelsea, have spent £20m to capture Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa. By relying on him and Gallagher, Thomas Tuchel can future-proof his midfield, without spending any more money on a star like Llorente.