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Fernando Llorente in London for Arsenal transfer talks

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The agent of Fernando Llorente has been in London to hold transfer talks over a potential move to Arsenal, according to reports in Italy.

The Gunners appear to be in the market for a new forward in order to provide some competition for Olivier Giroud. It was previously suggested they were in the running to sign Karim Benzema from Real Madrid but that seems unlikely, and now the north London club are looking at alternatives.

Near the top of their list is Llorente, who seems set to leave Juventus. The former Athletic Bilbao ace managed just seven goals in 31 games last season in Serie A, and with the Turin-based club undergoing a major squad overhaul he is expected to find a new club.

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Arsenal can currently call upon Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez to play in attack, but Giroud is their only specialist number nine and he was criticised by club legend Thierry Henry last season for not being good enough to lead them to the title this time round.

According to Italian newspaper Corierre dello Sport, Llorente's agent has been in London to talk to the Gunners, but as things stand the two clubs can't agree on a fee.

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Juventus are hoping for €12 million for the Spaniard, around £8.5 million, as they look to find cash in order to seal a deal for Julian Draxler, who was previously close to joining Arsenal.

Problem

The big problem for Arsenal at the moment is that Llorente is still holding out hope that Real Madrid might make an approach as they seek out a replacement for Javier Hernandez, but that is unlikely as things stand.

Corriere dello Sport add that Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado also remains a top target for Juventus.

Opinion

Arsenal fans won't exactly be blown away by the news that Llorente could be their new forward - after a week holding out hope that Benzema might actually be on his way this is a little bit of a comedown.

However the Spaniard can offer depth and does have a very good eye for goal, and given that alternatives are pretty slim it could be a good deal for all concerned. The fact that Giroud's back-ups are two wingers and Welbeck, who is injury-prone and doesn't have a striker's instinct for goal only makes it look better.

Who do you think would be first choice next season - Giroud or Llorente?

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