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Liverpool are likely to be priced out of the race for Fernando Llorente, according to reports in the Spanish press.

Mundo Deportivo and Marca both explain that Athletic Bilbao are reluctant to sell their prized asset unless any potential suitors - with one thought to be Liverpool - stump up Llorente's buyout clause of €36 million plus VAT.

Realistically it seems that Llorente is more likely to join Real Madrid or Barcelona rather than Liverpool as he looks to further his career in Spain.

Well-respected Spanish football expert Guillem Balague said: "Fernando Llorente costs €36 million - money I don't think Liverpool have at the moment.

"Llorente is thinking about moving on but I would favour Barcelona over Real Madrid, who will also want him. There will be a fight between those two clubs for his services in the summer."

Liverpool are expected to have plenty of money to spend in January but Roy Hodgson is unlikely to blow all of that on one target, with the Reds boss understood to be keen to bring a number of new recruits to Anfield.

Liverpool owners NESV are prepared to back their manager in the transfer market as they look to transform fortunes at Anfield, but Llorente would appear to be out of their price range.

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