Arsenal are being heavily linked with Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente, whose recent comments suggest that he could be open to a move to the Premier League.
Llorente only has one more year left on his current contract with Bilbao and has a buy-out clause of £28million, which I would argue is a pretty good price for a player of that quality when you consider the inflated prices in the transfer market. The Spanish club may even consider negotiating further as they will not want to run the risk of losing the 27-year-old on a free transfer next summer.
When Llorente was asked if he was thinking of moving to the Emirates, he replied:
“I might end up playing in England, who knows. At the moment I’m at Athletic Bilbao, but who knows later.
“Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres have told me about the immense respect that the fans have for their players there.”
If Arsenal were to spend £25 million on Fernando Llorente, I am almost 100% certain that that would signify the end of Robin van Persie’s career in North London. The only reason that Arsène Wenger would spend that sort of money would be if our captain were to decide to leave. It is possible that Robin has already told Arsenal of his desire to leave before he went to the Euros; we have no idea because Arsenal have banned him from talking to the media and the club are refusing to release any information.
Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Juventus have also been linked with the Spanish international, but Arsenal are apparently in pole position because Llorente wants to work with Arsène Wenger. Whether or not that actually has an truth to it remains to be seen.