Cut-price Liverpool and Arsenal striker target available for €7m

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Fernando Llorente may be allowed to leave Athletic Bilbao on the cheap in Janaury according to reports in Italy, putting the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham on red alert.

Llorente looks set to leave Spain when the January transfer window opens after refusing the offer of a contract extension over the summer, a decision which has prompted anger from some of the Basque club’s supporters.

A host of Premier League clubs have been linked with a move for Llorente in recent months, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham all said to be monitoring developments.

Arsenal appear short in the forward department following the departure of Robin van Persie from the Emirates Stadium, while Liverpool are in desperate need of a striker having let Andy Carroll leave Anfield on loan in August without securing a replacement.

Tottenham meanwhile could be ready to make a move for Llorente as they continue to come to terms with life under new boss Andre Villas-Boas, especially given recent reports of Emmanuel Adebayor’s discontent at White Hart Lane.

However all three Premier League clubs may miss out to Juventus, who according to Corrieire dello Sport already have an agreement in place with the striker.

The Spanish international has played just 162 minutes for his boyhood club in La Liga this season, and has expressed his desire to leave as soon as possible.

Llorente, who was a substitute in Bilbao’s 2-1 win over Granada yesterday, is out of contract at the end of the season and could leave on a free transfer in the summer, but will look to move when the winter window opens.

Corriere dello Sport report Bilbao could be willing to accept a cut-price offer of around €7 million in January, a price that would certainly interest Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham, along with Juventus.

The paper reports that Bilabo are facing up to the possibility of losing one of their best players for free over the summer and are willing to do business.

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