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Llorente ‘Chooses’ Juventus

It looks like Juventus have landed the top striker that they have been searching for all summer if the media reports our to be believed.

The Bianconeri need a striker to complete their squad for the Champions League campaign, but Robin Van Persie joined Manchester United and Stevan Jovetic looks set to remain at Fiorentina.

That leaves Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente and Tuttosport today claimed that he has given the nod to Juventus ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham, working out basic personal terms.

“He wants to prove himself in another league. Are Juventus an option? Yes, that’s a possibility,” agent Carlos Arrino Bajo told the Corriere dello Sport.

The problem remains Athletic Bilbao, as President Josu Urrutia has stated he won’t sell for less than the €36m buy-out clause. The current Juve offer is €15m, though it could go up to a maximum of €18m, while the contract would be worth €4m per season.

That is a huge difference between the Athletic price and the Juve price. Llorente’s contract expires next summer so it’s a race against time for Athletic to avoid losing him on a free transfer. The question is who will blink on the price; Athletic or Juventus?