Arsenal are ready to throw their hat into the ring for Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente, but they must ward interest from Chelsea and Manchester City to land their man according to the Metro.
Llorente attempted to secure a move away from Bilbao over the summer after refusing to sign a contract extension, and was booed by some of the club’s fans in his first home game of the season, against Hapoel Kiryat Shmona in the Europa League during the week.
A host of Premier League clubs were linked with a move for the Llorente over the summer, and now it appears as though Arsenal are gearing up to make a move for the Spanish striker once the January transfer window opens, with both City and Chelsea also monitoring developments.
The 27-year-old’s contract with the Basque club expires next year, and they could be forced to sell up sooner rather than later in order to avoid missing out on a sizeable fee for their star asset.
According to the Metro, Arsenal are ready to make a move for Llorente as they look to further add to their striking unit following the departure of Robin van Persie as Frenchman Olivier Giroud continues to struggle in north London.
The paper also reports that City could be keen on Llorente in order to add to their already impressive attacking line-up, while Chelsea could make a move if Fernano Torres’ struggles in front of goal continue.
Llorente will command a fee of around £15 million should he leave Bilbao in January, a price that has also prompted interest from both Juventus and AC Milan.
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