Juventus eye Christian Benteke as Llorente replacement

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Juventus look to line up a bid Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, if they can offload forward Fernando Llorente, according to the Daily Mail.

The Spanish striker has failed to impress during his time in Italy so far, finding the net on just the one occasion, and Juventus are set to target a new star forward.

Arsenal are believed to be interested in the former Athletic Bilbao striker if he became available. 

Benteke penned a new deal with Villa in the summer despite a former transfer request and being linked with numerous clubs.

The Belgian international has been identified to become a potential replacement for Llorente and last year's Serie A champions believe that Villa could be willing to sell Benteke - if the price is right.

Juventus already have Carlos Tevez, Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella in their forward department, however Benteke has all the deadly ingredients of power, pace and strength to become a leading front man for any top European club.

The 22 year-old has scored 23 Premier League goals for Villa since his move from Genk last year. He also has six international goals in 15 appearances to his name. 

The additional offer of Champions League football may be too good to turn down for Benteke, if Juve make an official bid.

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