Arsenal FC have joined the race to sign, Manchester United and Real Madrid target, Fernando Llorente from Juventus.
Fernando Llorente’s future at Turin has been under constant speculation this summer. The 30-year-old joined the Serie A club back in 2013 and has won two back-to-back league titles with Juventus. But now with the Bianconeri looking to build a new look attack, Llorente could leave the club ahead of next season.
English media have recently linked Llorente with both Manchester United and Real Madrid. According to reports, the ‘surprise’ signing Louis van Gaal spoke about, is none other than the Juventus striker.
Arsenal join the race
Italian media Tuttosport are however now reporting that Arsenal have joined the race to sign the Spaniard. The Express claim that Arsene Wenger has earmarked Llorente as a back-up option if their move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema fails to materialize.
“Arsenal are reportedly considering an £8million deal for Manchester United target Fernando Llorente if their move for Karim Benzema fails.” – Journalist Izzy Horsefield wrote for the Express.
The English media outlet quoted The Sun and revealed that a ‘source’ has told the newspaper that despite reports linking Llorente with Manchester United, it is Arsenal who are the most interested in signing him.
“It’s Arsenal who’ve been in contact — not United.
“They have made an inquiry but there is no bid yet. But it is clear they are interested and it is also clear that Juventus are ready to listen.”- a source told The Sun.
Llorente needs a new club
The Spanish international scored only nine goals last season as he saw himself fall down the pecking order under Massimiliano Allegri. The rise of Alvaro Morata meant that the former Real Madrid was called upon to partner Carlos Tevez in most of the big matches for Juventus.
Carlos Tevez has left the club this summer, but Juventus have already replaced him with the signing of Mario Mandzukic from Atletico Madrid. The arrival of Paulo Dybala and Simone Zaza means Allegri won’t have any shortage of options upfront next season. These arrivals of course paint a grim picture of what lies ahead for Llorente at Juventus next season. In order to secure regular first team action, the former Athletic Bilbao striker must find a new club in this transfer window.
Despite his dip in form over the last couple of seasons, Llorente evidently still remains in demand. He has been linked to a host of clubs recently, the list of which includes Porto, Seville, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Wolfsburg, Manchester United and the biggest of them all, Real Madrid. The Spanish giant’s new manager Rafael Benitez is seemingly an admirer of Llorente and wants him at Madrid next season.
Back in June, the striker came out and rubbished reports of his possible exit from Juventus, but earlier this month, his brother, and agent, Jesus Llorente didn’t rule out the possibility. He said that Llorente is concerned about losing his place in the Spanish national team if he doesn’t play regular first team football next season, which could possibly lead him away from Juventus.