Sunday August 12 2012
Juve close on Llorente

Reports continue to emanate from Spain that Fernando Llorente is ready to leave Athletic Bilbao for Juventus.

The Spanish international hitman’s contract expires in June 2013 and the club cannot risk letting it run down so he could leave as a free agent.

Juve appear to have given up on main targets Robin Van Persie, Stevan Jovetic and Luis Suarez.

According to reports from El Correo, this is because the Bianconeri are hearing rumours of Llorente’s disagreements with Athletic.

It is believed around €20m could be enough to snatch the 27-year-old who netted 18 Liga goals in 32 games last season.