Arsenal have been ‘dealt another blow’ in this winters transfer window as reported target Fernando Llorente has decided to sign a pre-agreement with Juventus ahead of a summer free transfer from Athletic Bilbao, with his current deal set to expire at the end of this season.
So why the apostrophes around ‘dealt another blow’? It has become a normality that Arsenal are in for every Tom, Dick or Harry that are even slightly available and the same went for the Spaniard who could have been purchased for a cut price fee this January.
The Gunners are struggling for depth in the striking department and it was hoped that Arsene Wenger would make a move for the Spanish international despite his lack of playing time this season due to his contractual issues. Last season he scored 16 goals in 32 games in La Liga, however this term has been quite a contrast just starting one match after being frozen out by the clubs manager Marcelo Bielsa.
But it seems Llorente will not be heading to North London, nor anywhere else this January as Juventus have announced the 27-year-old forward has agreed terms on a four-year contract which begins in July this year. A club statement read:
Juventus can confirm that Spanish international striker Fernando Llorente will join the club on 1 July 2013.
Despite being frozen out of Bilbao’s squad, Llorente would have been a top addition to the squad at a relatively low fee if Arsenal managed to prise him away from the La Liga side. But it seemed unlikely especially since the rumours of a Juventus move came to fruition towards the tail end of last year. Wenger is running out of possible striking options with the Frenchman choosing to play the waiting game at present, hopefully he can bring in someone like Lewandowski of Dortmund whose contract is set to expire in 2014, however rumours have cooled in relation to the Polish international as he apparently has agreed a ‘pre-contract’ to United – bollocks.