Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign Juventus forward Fernando Llorente, who has been named as the ‘mystery’ striker recently referred to by Louis van Gaal.
News of the offer comes courtesy of the The Times, who do not state whether or not Manchester United will accept the opportunity to sign the Spain international.
Other media outlets - including the Telegraph and the Mirror - understand Llorente is the striker Van Gaal eluded to in his post-match press conference following last week’s 1-0 win over Club America in the International Champions Cup.
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Llorente, who turns 31 in February, is a completely different type of striker to Manchester United’s current first-choice centre-forward Wayne Rooney.
Standing 6ft 5in tall, the Juventus striker is your classic targetman: fantastic in the air and very powerful.
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Llorente's goals have dried up
However, his recent goalscoring record is far from impressive: last season he netted a disappointing nine goals in 45 appearances for the Serie A champions. Paul Pogba, a central midfielder, scored one more league goal than the Spaniard last term.
But Llorente, who has also been linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, proved during his successful nine-year spell with Athletic Bilbao that he knows how to score goals.
He netted 23 in 51 appearances for Athletic during the 2009-10 campaign, and bettered that tally with a superb 29 goals in 53 matches two seasons later.
During the latter season, in March 2012, Llorente scored this sensational volley against Manchester United in the Europa League knockout stages.
But that was over three years ago now and Llorente has failed to scale the same lofty heights since, leading many to speculate that his best days are now firmly behind him.
Llorente signing *might* make some sense
Llorente is no longer regarded as one of the best centre-forwards in Europe and his signing might disappoint Manchester United supporters who are expecting a top name to arrive at Old Trafford before the summer transfer window closes on September 1.
Harry Kane, Alexandre Lacazette, Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski are just some of the high-profile names currently being linked with a move to the Red Devils - but would the signing of Llorente actually makes sense?
Van Gaal needs a centre-forward who is prepared to play second-fiddle to Rooney, and Llorente might be comfortable playing a back-up role at this stage in his career.
But with Marouane Fellaini already in Manchester United’s ranks is the signing of Llorente really necessary?
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