This morning’s Chelsea transfer news is split between two major stories, one involving Atletic Bilbao striker Llorente, which has a great deal of weight behind it, the other a whirlwind of optimistic tweets telling of a secret move for Robin Van Persie.
As no reliable sources can run with the Van Persie whispers we can assume this is just wishful thinking for now, although having identified Arsenal’s willingness to put a price on their captain don’t be surprised in Di Matteo makes throws money at the situation to spite Man United.
Llorente on the other hand is a dead cert to leave Atletic Bilbao as he has stated publicly that he will not renew his contract, alerting Chelsea and Tottenham.
The Spain goal machine has just one year left on his current deal at San Mames, and Bilbao had hoped he would be there for seasons to come, but will sell now to get maximum value.
Remember all that paper talk last summer about the next big thing Romelu Lukaku? Since failing to make an impact at Stamford Bridge manager Di Matteo has decided to send him off to West Brom for a season of work experience.
The Belgian striker, 19, signed for the Blues last summer in a £20million deal, but will see out a loan move in an attempt to gain first team football and return to Chelsea with bags more experience.
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