City weigh up move for Bilbao star

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Manchester City are ready to pay Fernando Llorente's €36m buyout clause and partner the Bilbao star with Sergio Aguero next season, according to talkSPORT.

Reports in Spain suggest the new Premier League champions have already met with Llorente's agent to discuss a possible move to England. The Spanish international has been linked with Spurs in the past, but City hope their interest will convince the player to swap Spain for England.

City officials are believed to be eager to partner the 27-year-old Bilbao player with the new star of the Etihad Stadium. Argentinian Aguero has enjoyed a stellar first season in the Premier League, scoring 23 goals, including the title-winning strike against QPR last weekend.

Aguero could be the perfect foil for the 6ft 5in Llorente, creating a lethal strike partnership capable of firing City to a second successive title - and the 23-year-old Aguero has shown Llorente how to adapt seamlessly from La Liga to the Premier League.

Llorente has been with Athletic Bilbao since 2004 and was part of Spain's 2010 World Cup winning team.

However, the opportunity to win silverware at club level could persuade the Spaniard to move to Manchester, where City boss Roberto Mancini hopes this year's Premier League title will be the first of many.

Llorente is yet to win a major trophy with his club, and was runner-up again this year as Bilbao fell at the final hurdle in the Europa League, losing to fellow La Liga side Atletico Madrid 3-0 in the final.

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