Sunday August 19 2012
Juve increase Llorente offer

Juventus have reportedly raised their offer for Fernando Llorente to €18m after Athletic Bilbao hesitated.

The initial €16m bid was not considered enough to complete the transfer, so Mundo Deportivo claim the proposal has been increased to €18m.

Both proposals fall way short of the €36m rescission clause in the player’s contract that Bilbao are demanding.

Llorente has turned down the offer of a new contract at San Mames and is widely expected to leave the club before the end of the summer transfer window.

As a result, Los Leones boss Marcelo Bielsa has left him out of the La Liga opener against Real Betis today, along with want-away teammate Javi Martinez, after the pair were insulted by supporters at training this week.

Meanwhile, a report in Bild insists that Martinez will sign for Bayern Munich later this week for a fee of €40m.

It follows a meeting on Friday between the player’s representatives, including his brother Alvaro, and Bayern officials Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Karl Hopfner, at which it was agreed the Spanish international would pen a five-year deal.