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Barcelona to move in for Manchester United target Fernando Llorente

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La Liga champions Barcelona could make a move for Manchester United target Fernando Llorente, reports AS.

The Catalan giants are reportedly on the look out for a new striker to act as a back up for Luis Suarez, with Llorente seen as the ideal suitor given his experience in La Liga.

The former Athletic Bilbao man has fallen down the pecking order in Turin since the arrivals of Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala, and it would seem that Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is keen to cash in on the 6ft 5 forward.

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However, should Barcelona be successful in their pursuit, the Spanish international would join recent signings Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan in not being able to play until the new year given the transfer ban currently looming over the Champions League holders.

The Catalan giants will also face stern competition for the striker's signature, though, given that just last week Louis van Gaal sparked speculation by suggesting that they were in talks to sign a mystery striker who, as revealed by The Mirror, would appear to be Llorente.

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Van Gaal is similarly desperate to add a new striker to United's ranks given the departures of both Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, and with only Wayne Rooney, out-of-favour Javier Hernandez and rookie James Wilson available to call upon, Llorente would certainly improve the Dutchman's options. The Spanish international goalscoring record is by no means poor either, having scored 118 goals in nine years with Bilbao, whilst bagging a further 27 goals in his two title-winning seasons with Juventus.

It remains to be seen though whether the towering centre-forward would rather a move to a United side brimming with new talent and competing in the Champions League, or to Spanish and European champions Barcelona.

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