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Agent: Llorente keen on Juve switch

The agent of Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente says his client is keen on signing for Juventus in the next transfer window.

The Spain international was involved in a heated debate with coach Marcelo Bielsa on Monday and was sent to the changing rooms early and expelled from training.

Llorente was on the verge of signing for Serie A champions Juventus, but the move fell through as Juve were unwilling to meet Bilbao’s valuation of the player.

“In the summer he wanted to join Juventus but Athletic Bilbao did not want to sell him for less than his release clause,” Llorente’s agent told Corriere dello Sport.

“Italy in January? Why not? It is a great championship and Fernando would like to play there. Juventus are a great team, but so are Inter, AC Milan, Manchester City and so on. We will see what happens.”

Juventus general director Guiseppe Marotta said the forward would be the type of player the club would be interested in signing.

“I think he is a top player that every year, regardless of our budget, we try to pursue,” he said.

“With regard to the team, it is clear that (Antonio) Conte relies on certain tactical concepts, as well as a number of very versatile players, and Llorente fits this profile.”

Wed 3 October, 2012
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