Levy desperate to land Spanish striker.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has flown to Spain to try to conclude a deal for Fernando Llorente – but Spurs face competition from Juventus and neighbours Arsenal for the striker.
Llorente has made it clear he wants to leave Athletic Bilbao this summer and Juventus, Manchester City and Man United have all been linked with the 27-year-old.
But Spurs have stolen a march on their rivals after Levy arrived in Bilbao for talks with the Basque outfit.
The north Londoners have been tracking Llorente for some time and the powerful forward was shown round the club’s training facilities last summer, following a friendly between the clubs.
The striker value’s has increased since then, after he helped guide Bilbao to the Europa League Final and won Euro 2012 with Spain.
Tottenham currently have just one senior forward on their books and are desperate to land a new goal-scorer before the end of next week.
The north Londoners are in cash after agreeing to sell Luka Modric to Real Madrid for around £30m and Levy is ready to spend the majority of this on Llorente.
Juventus are also in the hunt, however, after missing out on Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.
It is understood that the Gunners are also considering moving for Llorente as a direct replacement for the Dutchman but boss Arsene Wenger has hinted that he may wait until next summer to spend the £24m windfall receieved from van Persie’s sale to Man United.
Llorente has made it clear that he wants to leave Bilbao for Champions League football but Levy is clearly hopeful that a deal can be struck with both club and player.
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