Swansea City has completed a deal for Sevilla striker Fernando Llorente for an undisclosed fee. The Spaniard has signed a two-year deal with the club.
Llorente, 31, got his breakthrough at Athletic Bilbao in La Liga and become a reliable goalscorer before moving to Serie A and Italian giants Juventus in 2013. After a good first season at the club with 16 league goals and a title, Llorente struggled his second year in Italy. He finished the 2014/15 campaign with just nine goals in 45 appearances in all competitions.
He moved back to Spain last summer to join Sevilla on a three-year contract, but left for Swansea after just one year. He scored seven goals in 36 appearances in all competitions as Sevilla finished the season by winning the Europa League for a third straight time.
No Llorente will try to regain his form in Wales with the Swans. With Andre Ayew looking to be on his way to West Ham, Llorente could end up as the starting striker for the club.
“I am very happy to join Swansea,” Llorente told Swansea’s official website.
“I have scored goals in La Liga and Serie A, and now I want to score a lot of goals for the club in the Premier League.
“I want to score a lot of goals like Michu. He is a very good player and he did very well here.”
Llorente also said that he’s looking forward to work with manager Francesco Guidolin.
“He is a very good trainer and I am very happy to be working with him,” the Spaniard said.
“I know him from my time playing in Italy. He is very experienced and has done really well at the clubs he has managed.
“I’m looking forward to playing for him.”
The striker has made 24 appearances for the Spanish national team, and was part of the squad that won World Cup 2010 as well as Euro 2012.