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Athletic Bilbao set to choose Italy move over Premier League switch.
Arsenal and Tottenham look set to miss out on transfer target Fernando Llorente with the Spanish international expected to complete a move to Juventus in the coming days.
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The two north London clubs have been competing with Italian giants Juventus for the signature of the other “Fernando Torres”, but are to be knocked back in their attempts to sign him with Llorente heading to Turin for talks with the Serie A side, according to newspaper Marca.
The 27-year-old Llorente is out of contract at Athletic Bilbao in the summer and will join Juventus on a free transfer. The striker is close to agreeing a four-year contract worth €4.5million a season in wages, with the option of extending the deal by a further year.
The transfer is expected to completed early next week, Football Italia report, once the terms of the deal are signed by all parties.
Llorente, a World Cup and European Championship winner with Spain in 2010 and 2012 respectively, has been with Athletic Bilbao since coming through the youth ranks at the club. He has scored 79 times in 246 appearances for the club.
Arsenal had been linked with a move for Llorente and international team-mate David Villa as they looked for a new striker in the window, while Tottenham are searching for reinforcements to back up Jermaine Defoe while Emmanuel Adebayor is on African Nations Cup duty with Mali.