Barcelona & Manchester City target not leaving Juventus

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Manchester City and Barcelona have been rebuffed in their attempts to sign Fernando Llorente on loan from Juventus, reports the Daily Express.

Llorente only moved to Turin earlier this summer on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao but is struggling to settle at the club.

Reports in Italy have suggested that Llorente is ready to give up on his Juventus career just two months after joining.

As a result, Manchester City have been in contact with the Serie A champions over a loan move along with Barcelona, who want to offer the Spaniard a quick return to his homeland.

Manuel Pellegrini already has a number of options in attack having signed Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic this summer but sees Llorente as the perfect addition to his squad.

Barcelona on the other hand, are still looking for a replacement for David Villa, who left the Nou Camp for Atletico Madrid earlier this summer.

Their current options for an out-and-out striker are wearing thin and Gerardo Martino wants Llorente to compliment his talented forward line.

However, Juve's sporting director Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed that the 28-year-old will not be leaving the club despite his homesickness.

He told Tuttosport: "We believe in Llorente and we have no intention of selling him."

Llorente, who signed a four year deal at Juve, is yet to make a full debut for the club with an 89th minute substitute appearance against Sampdoria being his only contribution.

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