Arsenal are considering a move for Juventus striker Fernando Llorente after getting encouragement from Juventus over an £8million deal, reports The Sun.
Arsene Wenger has highlighted the Spaniard as an alternative to his No1 target, Real Madrid's Karim Benzema and has made initial contact.
Juventus are ready to sell for the right price after they signed Mario Mandzukic from Atletico Madrid earlier this summer.
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The Mirror had previously reported that Llorente had emerged as a target for Manchester United. Louis van Gaal had claimed he was in talks to sign a 'surprise' player and Llorente is believed to be that player.
However, it seems that the Gunners are currently in pole position to sign the 30-year-old with a top Juventus source claiming initial talks have already taken place.
The source told The Sun: "It’s Arsenal who’ve been in contact — not United.
“They have made an inquiry but there is no bid yet. But it is clear they are interested and it is also clear that Juventus are ready to listen.”
Wenger has been clear that he would only sign a new striker if he can find an exceptional talent and Llorente, although once a prolific hitman, certainly does not meet that criteria.
Llorente is a target man cut from the same cloth as Olivier Giroud so it is hard to believe Wenger would spend any amount of money on a player similar to one he has already got.
It seems that it is Benzema of bust for the Gunners this summer.
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