Arsenal FC are reportedly interested in signing Juventus striker Fernando Llorente on loan in January transfer window.
While Olivier Giroud has started the season on great form, scoring five goals in nine matches, the Frenchman is the only real option Arsene Wenger has at the moment. Arsenal are one injury away from having to rely on Nicklas Bendtner or 20-year-old Yaya Sanogo, who is yet to recover from his injury. The North London side were in desperate need to sign a striker this summer, but despite being linked with the likes of Higuain, Rooney and Suarez, they failed to complete a deal for any of them. Wenger’s last ditch attempt to sign Demba Ba on loan from Chelsea on the deadline day was also thwarted as their rivals pulled the plug in the last minute.
Arsenal have made a fine start to their campaign, both in the league and in Europe, but Arsene Wenger knows that he needs to strengthen his strike force in order to sustain their title challenge. The Gunners are involved in too many competitions to rely on one striker to carry them over the line.
Reports suggest that Arsene Wenger is planning to bring in a striker in the winter transfer window and has already drawn up a shortlist of possible candidates. But it is hard to fathom any big name striker moving in January, hence Arsenal are looking for a short term loan deal before signing someone next summer. It is believed that Spanish striker Fernando Llorente is the player Arsene Wenger is looking to sign on loan from Juventus.
The Spaniard joined the Italian club this summer on a free transfer, after refusing to extend his stay at Athletic Bilbao. But the 28-year-old has seen limited playing time at Turin as Antonio Conte has preferred Mirko Vucinic and Carlos Tevez over him. Llorente has made only two starts this season in the Serie A so far and reports suggest that he could consider a move away from the club in order to gain regular playing time. With the World Cup looming large on the horizon, Llorente will need to perform in order to grab a place in the Spanish squad.
Arsenal could provide that opportunity for Llorente, as reports suggest that the Gunners are lining up a loan deal for the Spanish striker in January. Juventus do have Giovinco and Quagliarella in the squad, who can set up to play upfront if needed, so Llorente won’t be a big loss for them right now. This deal looks likely and something which will suit all parties involved.