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London or Manchester? Llorente prepares to make decision

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Spanish striker Fernando Llorente will move a step closer to the Premier League on Wednesday after deciding his future lies away from Athletic Bilbao.

Llorente has only one year left remaining on his contract at San Mamés and is ready to force a move away from Bilbao this summer after seven years with the club.

The 27-year-old has received offers from a number of prominent clubs in Europe after scoring 30 times in all competitions last season, but England would appear to be his most likely destination.

"Tomorrow [Wednesday] Llorente will speak to his destination,” Llorente's agent Arino Bajo told The Telegraph.

“It is very, very possible he will decide to go to the Premier League. I don’t know the [choice of] club at the moment but there are two [interested] clubs. One is in London, and one is in Manchester.”

No Premier League club has publicly declared an interest in Llorente, but London sides Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have all been linked at various times, as have Manchester duo City or United.

However, Manchester United's signing of Robin van Persie from Arsenal last week would seem to rule them out of the running, while Arsene Wenger has maintained he already has sufficient replacements for his former captain in Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski.

Manchester City are not expected to formalise any interest in Llorente given the number of strikers already at the disposal of Roberto Mancini, although there are concerns over the injury sustained by Sergio Aguero on Sunday.

Tottenham have been most consistently linked with Llorente over the past 12 months, but Andre Villas-Boas is likely to pass up the opportunity to sign the Spain international with Emmanuel Adebayor on his way to White Hart Lane.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have been installed as the frontrunners for Llorente after failing to compensate for the loss of Didier Drogba earlier in the summer.

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