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Llorente eyes Premier League switch

LLike the two-for-one offers in the Football Transfer Tavern, Fernando Llorente is in high demand, especially from the Premier League. The Athletic Bilbao striker, who was the top Spanish scorer in the La Liga last term with 17 goals, has today indicated that he is ready to play football in England.

Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham have been linked with a move for the 27-year-old and he told The Sun that a move to England is something that would interest him.

He said: “I really like the Premier League and I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion that it’s a league which appeals to me a lot.

“You never know. It’s one good option in terms of my future but we’ll have to wait until the end of the season to see what happens.

“It is true that we are approaching the date when I can sign for other clubs.

“I’m trying to keep it so that it is something which is managed by my brother and my representatives.

“That leaves me to focus on my football and help my team, Athletic, and nothing else, maintain focus.”

Llorente, who looks certain to leave Bilbao after falling out with the club over a new contract, even played down talk of a deal already being in place with Serie A leader Juventus.

He said: “No. That’s totally untrue.

“I think it’s normal that people talk about these things, but ultimately you have to respect the rules.

“I am an Athletic player and, until January 1, I cannot sign with any other team.”

Llorente has amassed 21 caps for the Spanish national side and was part of the World Cup winning squad in 2010 and the European Championship winning squad in 2012.

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