HITC Sport understands Manchester City are keeping tabs on Swansea City star Llorente
Swansea City's Fernando Llorente celebrates scoring a goal
Manchester City are weighing up a move for Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente this summer, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the player.
Italian sources close to Llorente's brother, Chus, have told HITC Sport that City have joined Chelsea in expressing an interest in signing the Spain international.
Chelsea tried to sign Llorente in last month's transfer window, with Blues boss Antonio Conte a big fan of the 31-year-old having worked with him during his time in charge of Juventus.
However, Swansea managed to keep hold of Llorente as they refused to let him leave with the club battling for Premier League survival.
Swansea City's Fernando Llorente scores their second goal against Liverpool
Llorente, who joined Swansea last summer from Sevilla, has been instrumental in Swansea's improved form under newly-appointed manager Paul Clement, including scoring a brace in their memorable 3-2 win over Liverpool at Anfield.
The powerful target man has scored eight goals in 21 Premier League appearances for Swansea so far this season with his first goal for the club coming against Manchester City in September.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is already planning for next season and he sees Llorente as offering something different from the rest of his attacking options at the Etihad Stadium.
Swansea City's Fernando Llorente in action with Burnley's Michael Keane
Guardiola is an admirer of his fellow Spaniard and with doubts surrounding the long-term future of Sergio Aguero the City chief could be forced to bring in striking reinforcements at the end of the season.
Llorente rose to prominence with Athletic Bilbao and joined Juventus in 2013, spending two years in Italy before moving back to Spain with Sevilla and he was part of the Spain squad that won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.