Juventus make huge contract offer to Arsenal target Llorente

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Juventus will reportedly attempt to beat Arsenal to the signing of Spain striker Fernando Llorente by offering him a whopping £145,000-a-week contract.

According to a report in the Daily Mirror, the Serie A champions are desperate to buy a striker to spearhead their attack, after only being able to sign out-of-favour Gunners striker Nicklas Bendtner on a season-long loan in the summer.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly been handed £35million to spend on players in the January transfer window and the Mirror claim he has his eye on a deal for the Athletic Bilbao striker to give some competition to summer signing Olivier Giroud.

Llorente is in the final year of his contract at the Basque club and the report suggests he could be purchased for as little as £5million in January, as Bilbao want to avoid losing him for nothing in the summer.

With the transfer fee being virtually nominal for a player of his calibre, the wage packet becomes all-important and the report suggests the Italian club will attempt to blow the Gunners out of the water by making the 27-year-old their highest paid player.

Such a high offer could easily put Arsenal off the bidding, as there have been a number of stars that have left Emirates Stadium in recent seasons due to more lucrative deal elsewhere.

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