Juventus have already offloaded Carlos Tevez to Boca Juniors this summer, and if Real Madrid or ourselves continue their pursuit of Fernando Llorente, they could be losing another.
Sky Italia reporter Gianluca di Marzio, regarded as somewhat of a transfer guru by many, claims that the 30-year-old Spaniard is unsettled in Italy following Juve signing Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala – and wants to leave Turin.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) July 14, 2015
Real Madrid must want the ageing Spaniard as a backup forward now that Javier Hernandez has returned from his loan spell from Manchester United, but our interest seems a little stranger.
Llorente doesn’t possess pace, and is a static target man – the type of forward that has so far failed miserably under Brendan Rodgers. (Andy Carroll, Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert to name but a few.)
The attacker left Athletic Bilbao two seasons ago, and in that time has notched a relatively modest 27 goals in 90 appearances. Llorente is an excellent finisher, but he doesn’t have the all-round attributes and more importantly the pace for us to get excited about his potential arrival.
Similarly, once prolific but now ageing German forward Mario Gomez has also been linked recently (via the Mirror), and this rumour should be met with the same muted response.