Llorente opens Premier League transfer door

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Fernando Llorente has put a number of Premier League clubs on high alert after admitting he could leave Athletic Bilbao in 2013.

The 27-year-old Spaniard has been heavily linked with a move to England in the past, with Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur all reported to have an interest in the player during the summer transfer window.

And, whilst the 21-cap international has not ruled out staying at San Mames, his expiring contract means clubs from around Europe are starting to circle.

“I can not guarantee that I will still be with Athletic in 2013. In January I'm free to talk and I will consider all my options,” he’s quoted as saying in The Daily Mirror.

“I had some interesting offers in the summer, but each time Athletic referred them to my release clause.

“There is of course a chance of renewing my contract with the club - I've spoken often with both the president and the coach, and they're helping me in every way possible.”

AC Milan and Juventus are both keen to take the player to Serie ‘A’, and if a fee isn’t agreed between Bilbao and a club in January, Llorente will be free to join another club for nothing in the summer.

With that in mind, the Basque giants may look to cut their losses at the turn of the year, and the Mirror claims that City and Chelsea value the player in the region of £15 million.

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