Old Trafford side linked with big money move for Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente.
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Manchester United are said to be planning a summer swoop for Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente.
According to Spanish sources, the Reds have made enquiries about a move for the 26-year-old and are willing to pay as much as €40 million for his services.
Llorente has been in impressive form this season with 14 goals and two assists to his name for Bilbao. He has also scored three times for Spain in their current Euro 2012 qualification campaign.
Although a big target man, Llorente is also very good with the ball at his feet, and appears to be developing as a player all the time. His movement is excellent, as is his finishing, and due to his technical skills and speed he can also play on the wings.
Whilst there is no denying that giant Spanish international Fernando Llorente is in the form of his career and that he may well be the type of player who would suit the Premier League down to a tee, one does wonder why Sir Alex Ferguson would need another striker.
Wayne Rooney threatened to leave the club and was rewarded with a big contract as his reward, as well as the collective anger of many Old Trafford supporters. Dimitar Berbatov is the top scorer in the Premier League and also on a big contract that his form has earned him. Javier Hernandez is coming along nicely, scoring ten goals already this season and definitely one for the future. So where would Llorente fit in?
Would Manchester United really spend such a fee on a back up striker? There is a good chance that Michael Owen will not get a new contract when his current one runs out this summer. Danny Welbeck may be sold to Sunderland, where he has done quite well. Still the idea that Ferguson would fork out a record breaking fee for Pamplona born striker seems far fetched.
That said Fernando Llorente has 68 goals in the last three and a half seasons and seems to have outgrown his Basque club so a move may well be on the cards.