Llorente among Swans' biggest ever signings, says Rangel
6th August 2016
Angel Rangel reckons Swansea City may just have made their biggest ever signing after World Cup winner Fernando Llorente arrived from Sevilla.
Llorente could play some part in today's pre-season friendly against Stade Rennais having joined for an undisclosed fee.
The Spanish international frontman, who previously played for Juventus and Athletic Bilbao, has signed a two-year contract at the Liberty Stadium.
And Rangel believes his fellow countryman has all the tools needed to thrive in the Premier League.
Llorente hopes to enjoy more success in Wales after a stellar career which has seen him win two Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia and the Europa League.
He was part of the Spanish squad which won the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and he was also involved in their Euro 2012 triumph in Poland-Ukraine.
And though Llorente has never played in the Premier League before, Rangel reckons the 6ft 5in star is built for English football.
"Wilfried Bony was probably the most important striker we have had in my time," he added.
"I don't want to disrespect people like Michu, Jason Scotland and others, but Bony was a key player for us in terms of holding the ball and linking up with the other forwards.
"I think Fernando is similar - he is someone we can play off.
"The fans and the players have been waiting for us to sign a striker and I think it is a big boost for everyone to see Fernando coming in.
"He is a player who has proved himself in international football, in the Champions League, Europa League and in important domestic leagues in Italy and Spain. On paper he is the perfect fit for us."
"I think this is one of the biggest, if not the biggest signing in Swansea City's history," the long-serving defender said.
"I don't want to put too much pressure on Fernando, but the numbers are there - you can see them.
"At Bilbao he did really, really well, then with the national team he won the World Cup.
"You can't ask for any more after that, but he still went upwards in his career, signing for Juventus and playing in the Champions League final, then going to Sevilla and winning the Europa League.
"He has won so many medals. He has got a good pedigree.
"And as a player he has all the attributes to be the perfect fit for us. He is big and strong, he can link up well and he can hold the ball well.
"The most important thing is that he can score goals - he can finish with both feet. It's a great signing."
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