Fernando Llorente’s agent has revealed that Manchester City could be in the running to sign the Spanish star in Janaury - but added they face competition from a host of Italian clubs.
Llorente looks destined to leave Athletic Bilbao sooner rather than later after refusing to sign a contract extension over the summer that would keep him at the Basque club beyond the end of this season.
Manchester City Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been linked with the Spanish international as rumours over his future begin to gather speed ahead of the winter window.
Of all his Premier League suitors, either Liverpool, Tottenham or Arsenal seem his most likely English destination, with all three looking short in the striker department.
Spurs have only two outright strikers while Liverpool are desperately short in the forward department after letting Andy Carroll leave Anfield on loan without securing a replacement.
Ironically, the man Liverpool had identified to bolster their attacking options, Clint Dempsey, wound up at White Hart Lane in a last minute deadline day deal.
Arsenal may also seek to add to their strikers after seeing Olivier Giroud struggle since arriving at the Emirates over the summer, with the Gunners eyeing Llorente as a replacement for Robin van Persie, who left north London to join Manchester United in August.
However his agent and brother Jesus Llorente has revealed that Manchester City are in the mix for the 27-year-old’s services, along with Juventus who had an offer turned down in the summer by Bilbao
“In the summer Juventus wanted him,” he told Tuttomercatoweb.com. “But Athletic refused to sell before the release clause was met.”
When asked if Juventus could be Llorente’s next club, he responded: “Why not? Italy is a great championship, and Fernando would love to play there. Juventus is a fantastic team, but so is Inter, AC Milan, and Manchester City. We will see what happens in January.”