With Sergio Aguero’s future at Etihad in doubt, Swansea’s Fernando Llorente has emerged as a potential summer target for Manchester City.
Chelsea were agonizingly close to sealing a deal for Llorente in the January window, but the move ultimately didn’t succeed. Antonio Conte previously worked with the striker during his time at Juventus and certainly rates him high.
The Spain international would hand a different dimension for Pep Guardiola as well, with his strong physical attributes, aerial ability and especially hold up play being his greatest qualities.
Llorente will turn 32 at the end of this month, and there is an urgency at the Etihad to focus on building for the future. While the Swansea man’s experience would be helpful, he will not be a particularly long-term option.
His style of play perhaps would offer space for the creative players such as Kevin De Bruyne, but keeping in mind City’s possession-based play, Llorente’s aerial ability would largely benefit in set pieces.
How would the veteran striker match up with Guardiola’s other forward options? There is less possibility that he would be first on the teamsheet, considering Gabriel Jesus’ brilliant start to life. If Aguero decides to stay, this could well force Llorente finding himself as 3rd in the pecking order.
But if Aguero leaves, this would eventually free up a place for Llorente if rotation policy is utilized. However, in the absence of the world class Argentine, Manchester City would definitely go for a marquee replacement.
Man City’s other signing from Swansea, Wilfried Bony, never quite satisfy the club hierarchy and Fernando Llorente might end up being a signing in a similar fashion.