Athletic Haven’t Contacted Napoli Over Possible Fernando Llorente Transfer

Fernando Llorente

Napoli reportedly plan to sell Fernando Llorente in the upcoming window (CM)

Aritz Aduriz’s retirement has left a hole in the hearts of Athletic fans and his teammates, but also at the top of the attack. For the better part of the last decade Aduriz has been the most prolific goal-scorer for the club and others like Iñaki Williams and Raúl García haven’t found much success playing as a striker. Moving forward Athletic must find someone else to lead the front line.

For now it’s very likely that Raúl García will continue to feature up top, although Asier Villalibre was beginning to play regular minutes until he suffered a fractured spine before the football stoppage. Behind those two, Kenan Kodro and Gorka Guruzeta will also be competing for playing time.

Naturally, Aduriz’s retirement has already led some to bring up the possibility of signing Fernando Llorente from Napoli. The club had the option to bring the striker back to Bilbao last summer but chose not to and as of now Athletic haven’t made any contact with Napoli over a transfer, per Juanma Velasco of Marca. Reports in Italy claim that Napoli have already made the decision to put Llorente on the market at the end of the season, but his €2.5 million yearly wage poses a concern for possible buyers.

Athletic’s apparent lack of interest in Llorente comes as no surprise. Last summer president Aitor Elizegi said that he didn’t “see a place for Llorente” in the squad, albeit that was before Aduriz’s retirement. Still, the club has shown absolutely no signs of interest in signing the 35-year-old. Things can always change in football, but for now Fernando Llorente won’t be making a return to San Mamés.

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