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Arsenal Hold Talks With Agent Over Possible €12m Deal – Reports
The Fernando Llorente-to-Arsenal rumours are hotting up as Corriere dello Sport claim that the striker’s agent has been in London to discuss a potential move to the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger is expected to bring in another striker this summer and we’ve been linked with a whole host of big-money names such as Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski in recent weeks.
However, those deals are going to be extremely difficult to pull off so it looks like the boss is keeping his options open as reports in Italy claim that we’re showing a serious interest in Llorente.
Speculation last week suggested we had made initial contact with Juventus to enquire about the 30-year-old’s availability and it seems we’ve now been given permission to discuss a potential move with the striker.
Corriere dello Sport claim that Llorente’s agent flew over to London on Tuesday to hold face-to-face negotiations with Arsenal officials and Juventus are believed to be ready to cash-in at €12m – which works out at around £8.5m.
The report doesn’t indicate how the talks went but I must admit I’d be slightly disappointed if we ended up signing Llorente this summer.
We have the money to sign a world class front-man and really put ourselves in the title mix, but I just don’t think the Spaniard is any better than what we have already. He’do a job as support for Giroud but is he the top class striker to fire us to the title? I don’t think so.
We’d be better off going all out to try and sign Benzema or failing that, go for a younger player who’s proven in the Premier League. Llorente is the wrong side of 30 and his form has been poor in Italy, so I think it would be an unnecessary risk.