Striker set for Premier League switch in January.
Athletic Bilbao president Josu Urrutia has reiterated the Primera Division club have no intention of selling wantaway star striker Fernando Llorente during the January transfer window.
The Spain international’s future is uncertain after announcing this summer he would not be signing a new contract with Athletic once his current one runs out at the end of the season.
A host of clubs across Europe, including Manchester City and Tottenham, are interested in the 27-year-old but Athletic intend to make any interested parties wait until next summer to get their man.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Fernando Llorente is almost certain to leave Athletic Bilbao in the next six months and, despite interest from Serie A giants Juventus, it is looking increasingly likely that the Spain international will move to the Premier League.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been linked with the 27-year-old but Manchester City and Tottenham have now emerged as the most serious contenders for his signature.
Athletic are reportedly determined to hang onto Llorente until the summer, rather than losing the powerful forward in January, which would seem a strange move given the striker has started just one La Liga game so far this term.
The Basque club will, in fact, almost certainly entertain offers for Llorente next month but it’s tricky to see where he would fit in at Man City, who boast a host of talented strikers already.
Indeed, Llorente is arguably a poor man’s Edin Dzeko and the hulking forward is himself struggling to make the first-team at the Etihad, with Argentine duo Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero preferred up-front.
Spurs would appear to be a better fit for Llorente but summer signing Emmanuel Adebayor has failed to get a look-in so far this term, so there is an argument that Tottenham also do not need the Spain international.
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