Swansea snags former Juventus striker Fernando Llorente

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Swansea City has announced the signing of striker Fernando Llorente from Sevilla, ambitiously offsetting the loss of Bafetimbi Gomis to Marseille, plus the departures of flops Eder and Alberto Paloschi earlier this summer. The fee was undisclosed.

The 31-year-old Llorente spent two full seasons as a regular starter for Juventus from 2013-2015, making 92 appearances and scoring 27 goals as the Italian giants won the Serie A title both years. He moved to La Liga last summer at the expiry of his contract, and was an on-again, off-again regular for a Sevilla side that won the Europa League.

However, Llorente saw himself on the bench more often than not as the season wound down, with Kevin Gameiro favored by manager Unai Emery, something which likely pushed him to move.

Swansea confirmed the Spaniard will wear the #9 shirt this coming season.

“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,” Llorente told the Swansea City official website. “I want to score a lot of goals like Michu. He is a very good player and he did very well here.”

Llorente knows manager Francesco Guidolin from his time in Serie A, when Guidolin was in charge of Udinese.