"I am very happy to join Swansea," Llorente told the official club 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.
The 31-year-old makes the move to the Liberty Stadium for an undisclosed fee and could make his debut in a pre-season friendly against French side Rennes on Saturday.
Llorente gradually established himself as a regular starter for Athletic, with his most prolific season for the club coming in 2010/11, where he scored 18 goals in 38 league matches. In total, he made 327 appearances for Athletic in all competitions, scoring 111 goals and registering 36 assists.
Swansea have agreed a deal to sign the Spanish striker Fernando Llorente from Sevilla.
He spent the 2003/04 season with CD Basconia, a feeder club of Athletic Bilbao, and scored 12 goals in 33 matches. Llorente progressed to Bilbao Athletic, the club’s reserve side, the following year, where he continued to impress by scoring four times in 16 outings.
On 4 August 2016, it was announced that Llorente signed a two-year deal with Swansea City. He made his Premier League debut nine days later, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 away win against Burnley.
In the 2009–10 season, Llorente again reached double figures. He led all scorers in the Europa League for a lengthy period, with eight goals and added 14 in the league as Athletic finished in eighth position.
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Llorente won five major trophies at Juventus - including three Serie A titles - and appeared as a substitute in the 2015 Champions League final. But he was not a regular starter by the time he returned to La Liga with Sevilla, where he largely acted as Kevin Gameiro’s understudy.
Llorente officially became a Juventus player on 1 July 2013 after passing a medical at the club. He was given the number 14 shirt, and netted his first goal in Serie A on 22 September when he started in a 2–1 home win against Hellas Verona F.C.
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"I want to score a lot of goals like Michu," said Llorente, adding: "He is a very good player and he did very well here."
Although the new boy could also retain a starting berth for the Gameweek 2 home encounter against Hull, the expected arrival of fellow Spaniard Borja Baston is likely to place major question marks over his pitch time, given that Francesco Guidolin generally prefers a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation, although he did also use a 4-1-2-1-2 midfield diamond on occasion last season.
Llorente was one of seven players cut from Spain's final squad for the 2014 World Cup. He represented the Basque Country national team five times, making his debut against Cameroon in 2005, and scored one goal for the Euskadi, in a match against Catalonia at the Camp Nou played the following year; his last appearance was in December 2007.
Llorente started his career with Athletic Bilbao, working his way through the various youth ranks, and becoming one of the most important offensive players for the club in the following decade, since making his first team debut in 2005. He scored 29 goals for the club in all competitions in the 2011–12 season, and was described as a "Bilbao legend". In 2013 he signed with Juventus, winning the Serie A twice during his two-year spell.
"He is a very good trainer and I am very happy to be working with him," added Llorente.
During pre-season, the Italian mainly utilised a 4-3-3, so Llorente could be flanked by Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer in attack, with Modou Barrow and Jefferson Montero other options in the wide positions.
Sigurdsson’s initial fitness concerns, and the fact Llorente is also lacking sharpness and may soon face competition from Baston for the lone striker role, may persuade Fantasy managers to look elsewhere for the time being until things begin to settle down at the Liberty.
Llorente has been handed a 6.5 price tag in Fantasy Premier League (FPL), which, given his pedigree, appears pretty enticing. Nonetheless, having failed to earn a regular starting role over the past two seasons, there are concerns he may be on the down slope in terms of career trajectory and there’d be no real surprise if he ends up as a back-up option if Baston arrives.
With Andre Ayew also leaving the Liberty over the last few days, it’s fair to say that the Swans desperately need to replenish their options in the final third.
Llorente spent just one season with the Spanish side, scoring seven goals in 31 appearances after spending the previous two years in Italy with Juventus, where he won two Serie A titles.
Swansea were in need of attacking reinforcements, having allowed Alberto Paloschi, Bafetimbi Gomis and Portugal’s Euro 2016 hero Eder to move on.
During the 2009–10 season, Llorente was not called-up once, as del Bosque favoured Álvaro Negredo. He would, however, be selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, also in South Africa, as third-choice striker, where he played in one match for the eventual champions, the last 30 minutes of the 1–0 round-of-16 win against Portugal.
In his second and third ever appearances in the UEFA Champions League, Llorente managed to find the net, on both occasions against Real Madrid for the 2013–14 group stage (1–2 away loss, 2–2 home draw). On 1 December he scored in injury time for the game's only goal at home against Udinese Calcio, a few weeks after speaking in an exclusive interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport about his relationship with former manager Bielsa.
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The presence of Sigurdsson also casts a shadow over Llorente’s appeal. The Icelander has served up 154 and 158 points over the last two campaigns, and while the former Tottenham midfielder is more expensive at 7.5 in FPL, with dead-ball duties and spot-kicks in his favour, it’s difficult to overlook him as the most enticing route into the Swans’ attack over 2016/17.
Llorente was part of the Spain squad that won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.
No transfer fee has been announced for the player, though Sevilla were keen to sell him having made him one of their highest earners when he arrived on a free transfer last summer.
At the age of 11, Llorente joined the Athletic Bilbao youth set-up, and gradually progressed through the ranks at the club.
"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 want to score a lot of goals like Michu. He is a very good player and he did very well here."
Llorente, Fernando - Swansea (ENG)
He rose to prominence with Athletic Bilbao and joined Juventus in 2013, spending two years in Italy before moving back to Spain with Sevilla.
The 31-year-old penned a two-year deal with the Swans, and has revealed he hopes the move will boost his chances of earning an international recall:
In August 2012, Llorente refused to sign a new deal with Athletic Bilbao, fuelling speculation that he might be leaving the club. Following a 0–2 derby loss at Real Sociedad on 29 September, in which he was a late substitute, he got into an argument with manager Marcelo Bielsa; two days later he walked out of training early and was sent to practice with the youth squad and, as a result, his relationship with the club's supporters and president Josu Urrutia further deteriorated.
Llorente said he is looking forward to playing for Swansea's Italian coach Francesco Guidolin having scored against his Udinese side in the 2013-14 season when he was at Juventus.
Following the expiration of his contract in July 2013, Llorente joined Italian side Juventus. His first season in Turin was relatively prolific, totalling 16 goals and five assists in 34 league matches as The Old Lady secured another Serie A title.
On 8 October 2010, benefiting from an injury to Fernando Torres, Llorente started in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Lithuania, in Salamanca. With two headers – his strongest asset – he contributed prominently in a 3–1 win. Four days later, as a substitute, he scored the winner against Scotland in a 3–2 success at Hampden Park. He was selected for the final stages in Poland and Ukraine, being an unused squad member as Spain won another tournament.
Gylfi Sigurdsson didn’t feature on Saturday, having only recently returned to training following his Euro 2016 exertions, but the Iceland international will be a sure starter throughout the campaign, either in his familiar number ten role, or as part of a three-man midfield, operating as the most attack-minded player of the trio.
A physical player, Llorente's main trait is his heading ability. In addition, he is also gifted with good skills, which allows him to play with his back to goal and hold up the ball for his team mates to create space and scoring opportunities.
In January/February 2012, in two away games separated by only four days, Llorente scored five goals: he started with a hat-trick in a 3–2 win against Rayo Vallecano, adding two in Athletic's 2-1 win over CD Mirandés in the Spanish Cup semifinals. In the next two matches, both at home, he netted three more, one against Espanyol in the league and two against Mirandés.