Friday, September 7, 2012
Juventus remain keen on Llorente
Turin-based club has been searching for a striker throughout the summer, but didn't manage to sign anyone. Despite being strongly linked with Llorente, they were unable to agree a fee for a striker who has one year left on his contract, as Athletic Bilbao refused to accept any offers lower than his release clause, believed to be €36M, something Juve were unable to shell out for Llorente.
During the summer transfer window, Juve were linked with a few other strikers, including Robin van Persie, who was close to moving to Old Lady, but once again, Juventus was unable to agree a fee for the Dutchman, having offered just £8M for his services, which was swiftly rejected by Arsenal, and RVP later moved to Man United. Other mentioned potential signings were Jovetic and Cavani, but deals were never struck.
In January, Llorente will have just 6 months remaining on his Athletic Bilbao contract and has previously confirmed that he will not be signing an extension, Basque club will be keen to cash in on their target man, who looks set to leave the club, after spending 15 years there.
Spanish giants, Barcelona and Real Madrid were also rumored to be interested in a cut-price deal for the striker.