Arsenal are after Fernando Llorente by KJ
It’s weird talking about transfers when the window has just closed, but it seems there is some solid news coming that Arsenal are going to step up their interest for the Spaniard. Now, I would usually dismiss this, but I’ve read from a few reliable sources that Arsenal are definitely interested in him. The main reason is that his fee will be relatively low because of him being free next summer.
There are a host of clubs after Llorente including the likes of Juventus and Manchester City. It definitely will be difficult. but not impossible, for Wenger. It’s easy to persuade a player when using logic. Serie A is a broken league that has become uncompetitive. Manchester City already have 4 top quality strikers and hence, Llorente won’t get any game time for the Blues. Arsenal on the other hand only have one conventional striker at the moment in Giroud.
I’d expect the Euro 2012 winner to cost the Gunners £9-£10 million. It’s a bargain considering the man’s talent. He holds up the ball but has an amazing eye for a pass and has lethal goal scoring ability. He’s the finished article at 27 and will definitely relieve the pressure on our newly acquired Frenchman, Olivier Giroud.
I generally wouldn’t pay a lot of attention to this but I’m optimistic that Wenger will try and sign a couple of players in January. He said as much in his press conference before the window closed. He may act like it was his decision not to spend as the window closed but he’s just bluffing. He enquired about Cabaye, Tiote, M’Biwa, Dempsey etc. during the transfer deadline week. He was actively seeking a lot of players but couldn’t get business done in time for various reasons.
Don’t be surprised if these Llorente rumours pick up over the winter. I can see him playing for Arsenal providing everything goes to plan (however unlikely that may seem).
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