Anfield boss fights Roberto Mancini in Spanish international chase.
Liverpool and Manchester City are set for a summer battle over the signature of Spanish star Fernando Llorente according to reports in this morning’s Spanish media.
Roberto Mancini and Kenny Dalglish both want the Athletic Bilbao striker but would have to pay around €36 million to bring the 26-year-old to the Etihad Stadium or Anfield.
Liverpool have been linked with Llorente for a number of months, however this morning Spanish daily AS claim City are willing to pay the player €7 million per season, which would dwarf the €2.5 million he is currently on at San Mames.
SOURCE: El Centro Campista
The time is probably right for Athletic Bilbao forward Fernando Llorente to finally consider leaving the San Mames side he has represented since the age of 11 and a move to the Premier League looks fairly realistic as neither of the two main La Liga giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona, have as yet made a move for the giant Spanish international.
The 26 year old striker has been in very consistent form over the past four seasons and has already netted 19 goals this term and Liverpool may well see the 6ft 5in forward as a possible strike partner for Luis Suarez, though Kenny Dalglish does appear to still have faith in Andy Carroll so perhaps a move for Llorente would be merely in order to have three top notch options up front, in which case the £30m needed to fork out to sign the Athletic Bilbao man would appear to be a big price to pay for a back up option.
Man City have a number of in form striking options to call upon with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli all doing well this term, so well in fact that Carlos Tevez’s AWOL trip to Argentina has not had the least bit of affect on the club’s Premier League title charge.
There has however been talk of AC Milan’s supposed interest in Balotelli which would of course open the door for another attacking addition.
Fernando Llorente is ready made for the physical nature of the English top tier and would surely be a big success in the Premier League.