Athletic Club Weighing Up Possible Move For Tottenham Striker Fernando Llorente
All signs point to Fernando Llorente leaving Tottenham in the January transfer window. The English club is looking to get rid of players with high salaries who aren’t playing regular minutes and they have already told the striker that they won’t stand in the way of his departure. The 33-year-old has long been rumored to be a transfer target for Athletic who are now weighing up whether or not they will pursue the signing.
New Athletic President Aitor Elizegi is willing to bring back Llorente who has openly stated that he would like to return to his boyhood club. According to a report from Ander Cotorro of Marca, the coaching staff met with Sporting Director Rafa Alkorta on Saturday to discuss which, if any, transfers are needed in January. If both Gaizka Garitano and Alkorta agree that the club should pursue Llorente then Athletic will only have to initiate contact with Tottenham to get negotiations underway.
Llorente’s wages are quite high at Tottenham and would likely be lowered by Athletic, but the fact that he is in the final year of his contract could make his transfer fee easily manageable. Galatasaray were said to have reached personal terms with the striker, however new reports suggest that the Turkish giants have turned their attention to Hoffenheim’s Adam Szalai instead.
Whether or not Athletic will attempt to sign Fernando Llorente in January remains to be seen. The club is still trying to decide if the transfer is needed, but if that decision is made it wouldn’t be a difficult deal for the two clubs to reach. Llorente wants out of Tottenham and has said that he would like to return to the San Mamés. The potential reunion is now up to Athletic Club.