Swansea City have agreed the signing of former Spain international Fernando Llorente with Sevilla pending the medical tests of the striker, IBTimes UK understands. The Wales side have ironed the last terms of the agreement with Sevilla on Thursday morning (4 August) and the deal is expected to be official in the coming hours.
The towering 31-year-old number nine is set to travel to Wales today in order to undergo the medical at the Liberty Stadium on Friday. Once he passes the test, the Spaniard will put pen to paper on a two-year deal, with an optional one-year extension.
Swansea had earmarked the signing of at least two number nines as a priority for the current transfer window following the departures of Portugal international Eder, Alberto Paloschi and Bafetimbi Gomis.
Llorente was the first-choice but the deal between the clubs stalled due to the Europa League winners' cash demands. During the weekend Llorente's agent and brother even told Marca that a move to Wales was off the table as the forward was ready to continue at the Andalucian side for another season.
But IBTimes UK reported on Wednesday that Swansea reactivated the negotiations with Sevilla and now can confirm that the deal is done.
Llorente only joined the Europe League winners last summer after two prolific campaigns with Juventus, having previously garnered a big reputation in Spain during his time at Athletic Club Bilbao.
However, the Spaniard failed to replicate that form in the Andalucian side due to the impressive campaign by Kevin Gameiro. Restricted to a secondary role, however, Llorente still managed to score seven goals in 36 appearances.
Real Sociedad, Sporting Lisbon and an unnamed Bundesliga club have tried to secure his services during the current mercato but he has opted to move to Swansea instead to experience the Premier League, having already been in talks with Everton last summer but opting instead to move to Sevilla.