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Juventus win the race for Bilbao striker

Talk Sport is today reporting that Juventus have won the race to sign Athletic Bilbao striker, Fernando Llorente, in the summer transfer window.

The Spaniard enjoyed a superb season in La Liga in 2011/12, but hasn’t been on good terms with his current employers for a while now, which is why it looks as though he is on the way out in the summer.

His contract expires at the end of the campaign and the Serie A leaders appear to have fought off interest from both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal of the Premier League to secure his services.

The Juventus sporting director said: “I do not beat around the bush, we told Athletic Bilbao that we are interested in the player and I’m optimistic about his contract. He will play for Juventus from July 1.”

There is no doubt that Llorente is a top class centre forward on his day, but he hasn’t been playing many games over the last few months and there might be concerns over his attitude.

However, it could be a risk worth taking for the Italian giants as Llorente is of course going on a free transfer.

Both Arsenal and Tottenham are still after a new front-man, but look as though they are going to have to look elsewhere in the market.

Mon 21 January, 2013
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