Fernando Llorente looks set to disappoint nearly half of the Premiership by choosing to go to Juventus. The Spanish international had been courted by the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City, but seems most keen on joining the Grand Old Lady instead.
Llorente has been at Athletic Bilbao all his professional life but seems to be quite keen to leave the club and the country, blaming the Spanish media for his exit. He only has six months left on his contract so Bilbao are looking to get a bit of cash for their star man, rather than lose him for free in the summer.
The 6’3″ frontman will still be something of a bargain though, a Spanish international with a record of a goal every other game for around £3m is ridiculous. That is what reports suggest that Juve have offered and if they pull it off, they will have done some cracking business.
It’s disappointing that is seems Llorente won’t be gracing the Premier League because it would have been a great destination for him. He’s tall, hardworking, good on the ground and devastating in the air- a real old fashioned No. 9. He would have thrived at a club like Chelsea or Spurs, possibly linking up with international teammate Fernando Torres at the former or being the spearhead of AVB’s 4-3-3 at the latter.
Still, if he’s been driven out of Spain due to the media, I’m not sure that England will be the best place for him. Less out of the frying pan into the fire, more out of the frying pan into the industrial furnace.
He will probably do well at Juventus. They’re a good club, competing at the highest level. Goals won’t come as easily in Serie A as La Liga, so it should be a good development for the 27-year-old. Just a shame the Prem couldn’t lure him.
Unless of course QPR offer him stupid wages and he turns down a much better club with better prospects for the cash. But who’d do that, eh?