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Athletic Bilbao ace set to move to either Emirates Stadium or White Hart Lane?
Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City have all been alerted after Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente admitted he would be interested in a move to the Premier League.
Llorente was the top Spanish scorer in the Primera Division last season, but he has fallen out with the Athletic hierarchy this term and has decided to leave when his contract expires in June.
Tottenham, Manchester City and Arsenal have all been linked with the 27 year-old Spain international and he admits a move to England interests him.
“I really like the Premier League and I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion that it’s a league which appeals to me a lot,” Llorente said.
“You never know. It’s one good option in terms of my future but we’ll have to wait until the end of the season to see what happens.
“It is true that we are approaching the date when I can sign for other clubs.
“I’m trying to keep it so that it is something which is managed by my brother and my representatives. That leaves me to focus on my football and help my team, Athletic, and nothing else, maintain focus.”
Athletic Bilbao star Fernando Llorente has been the subject of plenty of transfer rumours recently, and as one of the biggest names confirmed to be moving between clubs in January, there will be plenty of suitors.
The Spain international striker would be a real asset to any Premier League club, but the north London duo of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur seem far more likely options than Manchester City.
Roberto Mancini has Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli to choose from – veritable riches when it comes to the attacking options of the Gunners and Spurs.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped the likes of Man City and Chelsea accumulating players so no one else can have them – an “it’s my ball and I’m taking it home” mentality – but with Financial Fair Play regulations coming in, there is less scope for major outlay.
Arsenal’s forwards include Olivier Giroud, Marouane Chamakh, Gervinho and arguably Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski if they are ever allowed to play there.
Tottenham count on Jermain Defoe, with Emmanuel Adebayor next in line should he be able to hit a barn door, followed by Clint Dempsey – generally considered an attacking midfielder.
There is clearly room for Fernando Llorente in either squad – particularly if some players could be sold – and neither club would have problems with financial fair play.
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