Conte prepared to offload Batshuayi in stunning swap deal


Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is prepared to offer Michy Batshuayi in a potential swap deal for Fernando Llorente in the January transfer window, Sky Sports News claims.

Batshuayi, 23, has had limited Premier League action this season, and all of his starts have come in the Cup games.

Conte has previously ruled out the possibility of offloading his backup striker this month, but according to Sky Sports News, the Italian could propose an exchange deal for Llorente which would see Batshuayi move on a short-term loan to Swansea City.

Llorente spent a solitary season under Conte at Juventus (2013-14) where he netted 16 goals in 34 outings, and the manager believes he could be the perfect fit to implement his preferred 3-5-2 setup.

The Blues head coach was asked about the speculation after the 4-1 FA Cup victory against Peterborough United, and he said: “I repeat always in the same, in this period – I don’t like to talk about players of the other teams because it is not respectful to the player and for the team.”

Despite the constant chopping of managers, Llorente has made his name at Swansea City netting six goals in his debut season. The 31-year-old is currently unsure where his future lies at the end of the winter transfer window.