According to the Mirror, Swansea have stepped up their interest in Nacer Chadli and Leonardo Ulloa as the new season approaches. Swansea have failed in their attempts to lure Fernando Llorente from Sevilla as the Spanish striker opted to stay at the La Liga outfit. The Welsh club had been keen on a move for the Sevilla striker, but his agent has ruled out a switch, stating the former Juventus man wishes to stay at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
“Fernando will continue at Sevilla,”
“We have decided not to listen to other offers. Sevilla is a team of champions, and Fernando wants to succeed in it.
“He also believes it has the necessary conditions for a new project.”
But Swansea have not let the setback hamper their plans for the new season and they have moved for attacking reinforcements after letting Bafetimbi Gomis, Eder and Alberto Paloschi leave this summer.
Chadli, 26, started the season as a mainstay in the Tottenham line-up but found his chances limited later in the season after the success of the Deli Alli and Erik Lamela partnership. Tottenham bought Chadli for £7m from FC Twente in July 2013 and he made 41 first-team appearances for the side last season. His most recent start, however, was on March 17 that came in the 2-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund at White Hart Lane in the Europa League knockout stages
And the opportunity of being the main player in another Premier League might tempt the player into making the switch, though, with the Champions League also in the mix, Pochettino would need more players at his disposal so as to deal with injury setbacks and possible under-performance of some players. Chadli can play across the front line and having scored 25 goals and provided a further 16 assists in his stay at White Hart Lane, he will bring undoubted pedigree to the Liberty Stadium outfit.
Swansea has also been linked with Leonardo Ulloa with their search for a striker being a public knowledge. Without a recognised striking option up top and the interest in their star man Andre Ayew, Guidolin has been actively searching for options in the market. They have zeroed in on the Leicester striker as a possible man to lead their line next season.
The Argentine scored six goals during Leicester’s incredible Premier League triumph but is thought to be concerned about the number of first-team opportunities he is likely to get with Jamie Vardy and summer signing Ahmed Musa at the King Power Stadium.
But Swansea have to move decisively with the season opener coming ever closer and the uncertainty regarding the first team might hamper the momentum of the team heading into the new season.