Gunners had been hoping to lure attacker to north L0ndon.
Premier League leaders Arsenal have suffered a setback in their efforts to bring highly rated Juventus front man Fernando Llorente to the Emirates on loan when the transfer window opens again for business in the new year, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The north London club are known to currently be on the lookout for more firepower in attack in north London for the second half of this season, with Gunners head coach Arsene Wenger having been monitoring Llorente’s progress with the Serie A champions of late.
The Frenchman had originally wanted to bring the Spain international to the capital at the turn of the year on an initial six-month loan deal, with a view to then signing Llorente on a permanent deal come the end of this campaign.
However, that was when the 28-year-old was struggling badly for form in front of goal, with Llorente even finding it hard to earn a regular starting berth up front for the ‘Old Lady of Italian Football’ following the striker’s move to Turin last summer.
But that situation has now changed dramatically, and following some recent goals by the Spaniard, Juve now say that they have no intention whatsoever of allowing the forward to depart the club in January.