Juventus Close To Terms With Llorente

juve30Juventus transfer chief Beppe Marotta is confident of signing Fernando Llorente for 2013-14, but insisted that Edinson Cavani is an impossible dream.

Juve are believed to be on the verge of agreeing personal terms with the Spanish international who will be available on a Bosman from Athletic Bilbao in June.

The centre-forward is set to sign a deal until 2017, with an option for an additional season in Turin, at a salary of €4.5m net a season.

“We are interested in Llorente,” Marotta told Radio 24. “I’m hopeful and optimistic that we can define everything, but he’ll only arrive in the summer.

“For now we are looking at any opportunities to improve a squad that won the Scudetto – if any exist.

“Napoli striker Cavani? He’s unreachable for us and any other Italian side,” he said of the €63m valued striker. “He can only be signed by the Arabs or Russians.”

Juventus have been impressive this season as they look to win the Scudetto for the second consecutive year, but the one glaring weakness in their line-up is the lack of a world class striker.

Not sure if Llorente falls into the world class category, but he would still be a big improvement over the strikers that Juventus have.

The question is whether by waiting until the summer to sign a top striker, whether that will decision will come back and hurt Juventus in the title race or Champions League this season?