Arsenal to move for Fernando Llorente

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Fernando Llorente is a player who has featured at the highest level. He is a legend at boyhood club, and after impressive performances in Europe and for Spain, earned himself a move to Serie A side Juventus.

Since his free transfer, Llorente has had a successful time in Turin, managing 18 goals in all competitions during his first year for Juve, but the 30-year-old has only managed eight goals in 40 appearances this term.

Recent reports have suggested that Arsenal will look to sign Llorente this summer, after they failed to bring him to the Emirates Stadium in 2013. 

Argentine striker Paulo Dybala is expected to make a summer switch to Juventus when the transfer window opens, most likely leaving Llorente surplus to requirements.

Juventus will probably hold on to Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata, and with the addition of Dybala, Llorente will find first team opportunities scarce.

What can Llorente offer?

Llorente is a very similar player to Olivier Giroud. The Spanish striker is an effective target man who possesses a fantastic aerial presence. Technically Llorente is very talented, some may remember his stunning volley against Manchester United in 2012. Llorente's current team-mate Paul Pogba was on the bench for the Red Devils that evening also.

Llorente is the perfect mould for Arsenal with how Arsene Wenger has his side playing at the moment. A big target man up front, with quick players either side to run onto flick-ons. 

Wenger is expected to be in the transfer market for a new striker, but it is unsure whether he would rather get a Llorente type target man, or someone in the mould of Karim Benzema or Gonzalo Higuain.

I think Llorente would be a fantastic signing for Arsenal, and I believe Llorente still has a few years of top quality football left in him. He could certainly help push Arsenal on and challenge next season.

He might not be the big name Arsenal fans want, but if the Gunners can pick Llorente up for around £10 million, then they would be getting a bargain.

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