Manchester City And Tottenham Target Fernando Llorente Wants To Leave Bilbao This Summer

Juventus lead chase for Spain forward.

Fernando Llorente has told Athletic Bilbao that he wants to leave the club this summer, with Juventus, Manchester City and Spurs all interested in the powerful striker.

The Serie A giants are leading the chase for the 27-year-old Spain international, reports Football Italia, prompting speculation that the Old Lady have given up their pursuit of Arsenal hit-man Robin van Persie.

City and Spurs remain hopeful of a deal but both need to sell before they can buy. The Champions are desperate to offload Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz, while the Londoners need the cash from Luka Modric’s proposed transfer to Real Madrid before they can move for Llorente.

The powerful forward has just 12 months remaining on his contract with the Basque club but wants to play Champions League football next season.

A press conference has been called for Monday afternoon at Sam Mames when Atheltic are expected to clarify the situation.

Bilbao value the striker at around £25m but it is understood that a lower bid could be accepted this summer, rather than face the prospect of leaving the club for nothing next season.

City have made no secret of their desire for a new striker this summer and, like Juve, have been linked with van Persie.

Spurs, meanwhile, have just one senior forward, Jermain Defoe, currently on their books and face the prospect of starting the season short of striking personnel.

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