Fernando Llorente moved to Juventus and the Spanish press went berserk at the departure of the powerful forward.
Real Madrid and FC Barcelona chose to ignore one of the brightest talents outside the Santiago Bernabeu and Camp Nou and invested elsewhere. While Juventus seemed to have landed potentially one of the best striking pair in Europe, there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Not even midway into the season, and Llorente is unsettled and is reportedly looking for a return to Spain. While his brother Chus Llorente has rubbished these rumours, there isn’t any smoke without fire.
Perhaps after realising their missed chances, especially Real Madrid, who are clearly devoid of a striker who can assure at least 20 goals in a season, the two big guns of Spain are reported lining up for the former Bilbao marksman – to make amends.
To look at it, Llorente is perhaps a better fit at Real Madrid than at Barcelona. While Barcelona looks for a more mobile offensive player, Real needs someone who can stand up and provide support to the trio of Bale-Ronaldo-Isco.
Moreover, his presence will spur Karim Benzema to step up and perform in order to avoid a place on the bench. At Barcelona, he will never occupy the role of the central striker – it’s Lionel Messi’s. And his style of football is not suited either to employ him on either of the sides.
However, Martino has a few ideas, which are not totally in alignment with that of Guardiola or Vilanova and in course of time, he might make changes but given the kind of influence and effect Lionel Messi has, it seems unlikely that he will be dislodged from his position anytime soon.
While Llorente has been unable to adjust to Antonio Conte’s demands and style, Juventus will gain nonetheless. After having secured the Spaniard on a free transfer, Juventus will sell him for at least 15 million Euros – Llorente is currently valued at 20 million Euros by Transfermarkt.
Whether or not Llorente trades the Serie A for the La Liga, Juventus is set to gain. If he stays, they have a premium striker who can score at regular intervals. If not, they will have spare cash to strengthen the squad further.
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