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Arsenal Eye £28m Spaniard

Arsenal will make a move for Atletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente if Robin van Persie leaves the club this summer, with the player available for £28m.

With the summer transfer window in full swing, Football Talk will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer news throughout the summer. Today, Arsenal are linked with Fernando Llorente.

Fernando Llorente

Arsenal will make a move for Atletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente if Robin van Persie leaves the club this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

Van Persie is expected to leave the Emirates this summer after declaring his intention not to sign a new contract due to concerns over the clubs ambitions.

Although manager Arsene Wenger hasn’t given up all hope of persuading his captain to stay, he is keen for a quick resolution so he can have time to buy a replacement if the Dutchman does leave.

The Daily Mail report that Arsenal have already drawn up a short-list of potential replacements, with Llorente under serious consideration.

The 27-year-old scored an impressive 28 goals for Bilbao last season and has a £28m buy-out clause in his contract. Should RVP be sold, Wenger would use the money to launch a move for the 6ft 5ins Spaniard, who Wenger feels would be able to adapt well to the rigours of the Premier League.

The Mail also suggest the Gunners are eyeing Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic and Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski as possible replacements for Van Persie.

The future of the 28-year-old Dutchman should become a little clearer this weekend when Arsenal will decide whether to take the striker on their tour of Asia, but reports this morning claim the Gunners have rejected three bids from Man City, Man Utd and Juventus and will leave Van Persie out of the tour squad to stay in London to sort his future out.

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  1. sellarshavin

    July 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    There is absalutly no point in reporting any thing like this until its happened.
    All your doing is damaging is reputation as journalists. (From an already pretty low position)

  2. Thaddeus chigozie

    July 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I prefer Llorente to vp. If he persist to leave, plz wenger allow him, else he might not play with his whole heart next season.

  3. Beloved Adekunle

    July 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Yes I wil luv it,Arsenal pls sell RVP

  4. Chekwas36

    July 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Sell RVP and buy a replacement who will play wit his whole heart 4 Arsenal period.

  5. Rvp

    July 21, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Sir dont Sell rvp to premiership,

  6. Nick

    July 21, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I would love us to get him and cavanni den get ganso and ericksen den get mvilla den get Micah richards and milo

  7. ayeni

    August 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

    RVP should tink twice b4 he make final decision cuz serie A is not an easy place

  8. ayeni

    August 2, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I am complete Arsenal fans i neva wanted RVP to leave Emirate nw especially this season

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