Etihad Stadium boss lines up La Liga forward move.
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Champions City ready to move for Spanish star Llorente with £29m bid
Manchester City keen to tie up a move for Atletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente – and are ready to pay the £29million buy-out clause in his contract.
Reports in Spanish newspaper AS claim the new Premier League champions have already met with the forward’s brother Chus, who also acts as his agent.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
One would imagine that the only reason Roberto Mancini would be willing to spend such a large sum on a new striker would be if the Italian was ready to get rid of at least one, perhaps two, of his current strike quartet. Whilst Man City appear to have limitless wealth they wouldn’t bring in a fifth international striker just for the sake of it.
Fernando Llorente has outgrown his Athletic Bilbao side and seems ready to move on and progress his career and would surely be tempted to join his national team compatriot David Silva at the Etihad Stadium. The big forward has the physical stature to make it in the English top tier and it may well take a bid in the region of the £29m to persuade his Basque side to sell.
The 27 year old has amassed 89 goals over the past four seasons and Mancini clearly values the Pamplona born forward enough to consider bringing him in at the expense of one, or more, of those he already has on the books.
Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez may be the most likely to depart but troublesome striker Mario Balotelli may well have tested Mancini’s patience once too many so perhaps the Italian international will make way for Llorente? Sergio Aguero is certainly going nowhere having scored 30 goals in his first season at the club, including the all important injury time winner against QPR that won them the title.