Arsene Wenger’s search for a top-class centre forward seems to have led him to Juventus as latest reports have linked the Gunners to Spain striker Fernando Llorente who is said to be out of favour at the Serie A side.
Llorente has been strongly tipped to leave the Turin side this summer after the Massimiliano Allegri’s side signed Paolo Dybala and Simone Zaza.
The Spain international looks highly likely to leave the Serie A champions this summer, following the signings of Paulo Dybala and Simone Zaza by the Massimiliano Allegri’s side, and it is understood the English Premier League is a possible destination with Manchester United and Chelsea also linked.
Llorente was not a regular starter at Turin last season as he was mostly on the bench due to the fantastic forms of Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata. Therefore, the additions of the earlier mentioned new players will only make spell doom for the 30-year old Spanish forward.
As per Tuttosport, Arsenal are in pole position to sign Llorente and the Gunners could land the player for a fee of around €12 million, which will mean good business for Juventus as they signed him on a free transfer two summers ago.
The former Athletic Bilbao forward was also a reported Tottenham target some weeks ago, and at a point they were close rumoured to be closing in on him. Reports have now emanated that Arsenal could land the striker for £8.5million.
The Gunners are looking to add a top-class striker to their attack department as the club look to fight for all trophies next term and they have been linked with several other strikers including Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko and Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain.
Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger has previously spoken of his wish to pay the fee should he identify any available option.
As per Telegraph, a Juventus insider revealed to the Sun that Arsenal are interested in finalising a deal.
“They have made an inquiry but there is no bid yet,” he said.
“It is clear they are interested and it is also clear that Juventus are ready to listen.”
Should Llorente sign, he would likely be Olivier Giroud’s partner in attacker, as Danny Welbeck’s susceptibility to injury is not helping matters.