Arsenal Rumours: Is Llorente a realistic Arsenal transfer target?

| October 17, 2012 | 5 Comments

Fernando Llorente is a name that has been linked quite heavily to the Gunners since the tail-end of last summer’s transfer window, but is he actually a realistic target for January?

The Spaniard’s contract with current club Athletic Bilbao is due to expire next year, meaning he will be available either for a cut-price fee in January believed to be around the £15m mark or free next summer. It seems the striker has decided not to renew terms with his current employers after spending 7 years with the senior side, so Bilbao will have no choice but to sell their star asset.

The hitman has been a consistent presence in La Liga over the past few seasons and since 2008/09 he has banged in 14,14,18 and 17 goals in consecutive seasons. However this campaign has been a bit different. The Spanish international has just managed one appearance in La Liga, bagging one goal, but the lack of game time is Bilbao’s hardball stance toward the wantaway striker.

The 27-year-old is top of many Gooner’s wishlists especially with Wenger priced out of any deal involving Falcao. The Frenchman reportedly has funds somewhere in the region of £35m to spend on transfers and he has admitted he may have to find himself another striker to compliment and compete with Olivier Giroud. Llorente seems like an obvious choice with a decent record and as he will be available for a super cheap Wenger-friendly price, he is a realistic transfer target for Arsenal.

Personally I’d be very happy with the acquisition of the striker if anything eventuates from the rumours, as he is a top class forward that is part of the stacked Spanish national side (however recently he has been dropped due to the lack of playing time for Bilbao) and can be purchased cheaply.

It would be brilliant if he could be brought in over the January window as he can then have time to adapt to English life, play a part in the season run-in and the have a full preseason (no Euros’ or World Cups next summer). The main stumbling blocks that I can see preventing the move from eventuating would be Wenger’s persistence to get the player for free next summer rather than this winter for a fee, similarly to the Chamakh situation. However as Llorente is a far higher profile player he will have more clubs chasing him and Wenger may not have a choice but to whip out the cheque book in January!

What are your thoughts on Llorente? Think he would be the perfect addition to knock in the goals supplied by his international team-mate Cazorla?  Feel free to comment below or in allArsenal’s forum under the Spaniard’s thread.


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  • Kimbra

    This purchase would be perfect price-wise and needs-wise. But I am not sure if Llorente will be happy about being on the bench as ‘backup’ for Giroud or vice-versa as we all know how Wenger will overplay one main striker to death when in-form. Llorente wants to be the main main that is why he is playing hardball with Athletico. He wants to establish himself as the main striker of the whichever team he moves to in order to win back the place in his national team.

    • marcus

      Kimbra is absolutely spot on on this one. Giroud is quickly finding form for both club and country and come January, he may have dispensed any need of purchasing a top striker. We are still a bit short there so we would still need to buy another one. Llorente is at his prime so I doubt he is going to move to a place where he would be used as back up. It is also next to impossible that arsene would tweek the formation to accomodate them both. So unless im wrong about Giroud, I don’t see it happening. However, Llorente would be a great buy and if arsene can get him and manage to rotate them to their satisfaction, mo power to arsenal.

  • wardy

    I dont think we need him. (hear me out!) He is a carbon copy of Giroud, why have 2 out and out number 9’s If you were looing to change a game you dont really wanna swap like for like. its far too predictable, if anything we need someone explosive, light on their feet, knows where the back of the net and is comfortable with our style. Now where could we find someone like that? Oh wait. Theo Walcott! problem solved.
    The position i would like to see added too is Arteta’. loosing arteta would be catastrophic to our season and as much as i like frimpong, i doubt he could fill that roll. perhaps defensively he would be ok but Arteta offers so much more than that. i don’t think Wiltshere has enough discipline defensivley either, not only that but its hardly the role of our newly promoted No 10. Diaby will only ever be good for about 10 games a season. if we are lucky. which leaves us short of disciplined brains in midfield. We are not a team of brutes our game relies heavily on speed of thought and distribution. we have no one else who could do Arteta’s jo and I’m affraid my bowels couldnt take seeing him crumple in a heap on the pitch…….Giroud, Podolski, Chamberlain, walcott, Cazorla, gervinho lol and to some extent ramsey and wiltshere even man of the hour arteta are all capable of scoring goals. We need brains not goals!!!

  • abdul

    i can’t wait to see him playing for arsenal

  • Aussie Jack

    I think it`s reasonable to assume that any player at this level with the top clubs in Europe and the amount of games they play should expect rotation, not necessarily bench time, but a set and accepted plan.

    Arteta is to me the `piece de resistance` of Arsenal and also probably our achilles heel. We fell apart without him last year but then again we do have the Messi of north London now and young Jack knocking on the back door.

    I`d go for Llorente if he`s available, Arsenal comes first not what players would like. Walcott take note.