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Clubs Open Talks With Llorente

Arsenal and Liverpool will face stiff competition from AC Milan and Juventus for the signature of Athletic Bilbao’s unsettled Spanish striker Fernando Llorente

Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, interest mounts in Fernando Llorente.

Fernando Llorente

Arsenal and Liverpool will face stiff competition for the signature of unsettled Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente, according to talkSPORT.

The 27-year-old’s contract expires in less than 12 months time and he told the club back in July that he has no intention of extending his current deal.

This leaves Athletic vulnerable to losing their star man on a free transfer next summer, with the player allowed to speak with foreign clubs as of this January. Athletic boss Marcelo Bielsa will be disappointed to lose his top marksman but the club could decide to cash in during the January window instead of losing him for nothing just a few months later.

Italian champions Juventus are understood to be close to securing a pre-contract agreement for the Spanish international after opening talks in the summer and offering him a €3.5m-a-year salary, but talkSPORT claim that senior AC Milan officials have also met with Llorente’s agent Carlos Arino in Madrid about the possibility of a move to the San Siro.

This could prompt Arsenal and Liverpool into action with both Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers keen to add to their strike-force after failing to secure their targets this summer, and Llorente is understood to still be under consideration by both men.

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The Gunners missed out on Belgian striker Kevin Mirallas to Everton, while the Anfield club saw Tottenham beat them to the signing of Clint Dempsey.

Would you like your club to go for Llorente? Get involved in the comments section.

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  1. D

    September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Cant see AW going back in for him despite our lack of goals so far

  2. mickthekidder

    September 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Lfc will not be going after him, he dosen`t fit into FSG,s player criteria, hes too old, and no resail value, with him being on the wrong side of his twentys, I think its safe to say, this story holds no truth where LFC our concerned.

  3. keyamo ovie charles

    September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I believe the gunners can compete for some trophy tis season without much stress all we have to do is stay focused & determined & the God of football will be with us amen

  4. wardy

    September 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    fairly sure he wont be wearing an arsenal shirt next season….Not sure where he would fit in tbh.

  5. niko

    September 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Great addition for Arsenal.

  6. jack

    September 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Nope,beta adrian lopex or lewandoski

  7. Sunday

    September 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Arsenal dont have money to buy players so lets 4get about dat

  8. Matt

    September 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    As a lfc fan I’d have him in anytime but as always we won’t get him, lost any motivation and hope for this season already

  9. RedRoy

    September 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Can’t see Liverpool or Arsenal paying his wages.

  10. damola

    September 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    good player,i wil love 2 c im plaw @ liverpul,could be a great replacement of toress,

  11. Buzz3210

    September 11, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    prompt Arsenal and Liverpool into action with both Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers keen to add to their strike-force after failing to secure their targets this summer who wrote this crap get a real job Muppet !!!! the only targets arsenal lost were the imaginary ones the press keep on inventing.

  12. Ernest uche

    September 12, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Arsenal can afford him

  13. Destiny black

    September 12, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Hw many players wil dis team caled arsenal price per summer nd hw many wil d get.let stop dreamin abt lorentee he is nt cmin 2 us nd pls mr wenger sighn anoda striker giroud is too slow in strikin CARSOLA 4 lyf

  14. Munzali ibrahim mai aduwa

    September 12, 2012 at 8:36 am

    We realy need him as our top striker but the problem is that wenger can’t afford him.

  15. kanu samuel

    September 12, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Llorente is good striker and would add a force to the arsenal attack. I think for arsenal to seen as one of the serious contenders in the league! Arsenal needs him fill a void in the team.

  16. Ab hadi

    September 12, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Ok, is a good news 4 arsenal fans b,cos Giroud is not as good as we think 4 dat is good to have lliorente, is a good addition. Up Gunner’s

  17. Edward mpongolwani

    September 12, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I think wenger wil aford hm lets get him cazarlo 4 lyf

  18. Griff

    September 12, 2012 at 11:32 am

    For F*** sake you Muppet ^^

    Giroud has had 3 league games. Don’t you have any F****** patience. Wait til January at least before you make a judgement on a player. And for the record all of you ‘He won’t spend that Ouch on a player’. Last season Borissia Dortmund rejected a 30m offer for Götze. He will spend. Only wisely.

  19. Griff

    September 12, 2012 at 11:33 am


  20. Nav

    September 12, 2012 at 11:52 am

    LFC wont be adding any players who are a) over 21 and b) over 3m in value. So rule out bringing in any top draw players to LFC, it isnt going to happen while Fenway are in charge.

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