Fernando Llorente is thought to be holding out on offers at the moment as he continues to hope that Manchester United come to him with an opportunity, according to a report by TEAMtalk.
The former Tottenham Hotspur forward remains a free agent after seeing his contract finish at the end of last season.
Manchester United are thought to have held discussions with the player’s representatives prior to the closure of the transfer window as they consider adding another striker to their ranks because of the upcoming Europa League campaign.
Llorente is believed to have offers on the table from a host of clubs from Italy and Spain, though no specific names are mentioned within the report.
Llorente would be an interesting addition to the Manchester United squad should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decide to try and bring him to Old Trafford.
With Romelu Lukaku having left the club and talk about Alexis Sanchez also appearing to be heading for the exit (Fabrizio Romano), an additional striker could be worth bringing in.
The former Tottenham and Swansea City man has proven he can find the back of the net as well, having registered 173 goals in his 558 matches in his career to date, with 17 goals coming in 69 Premier League appearances (Transfermarkt).
The experienced Spaniard also proved he could be a useful option from the bench during his time at Spurs last season – with his performance against Ajax in the Champions League semi-final second-leg winning him plenty of plaudits.
BT Sport pundit, and former Manchester United star, Rio Ferdinand praised his contribution to the side during his post-match analysis, by stating: “He went and stood on Daley Blind the whole game when came on and they pumped balls into him”, he said, via HITC. “Daley Blind couldn’t deal with him, and then the boys, they came up behind Llorente and they produced the goods.”
With their average squad age being around 26-years-old and the current crop of strikers relatively young – Marcus Rashford (21) and Mason Greenwood (17) – Llorente’s experience and knowledge could prove to be vital for the Red Devils if he were to join the side.
Rashford might be Solskjaer’s first-choice striker, but adding a player of the veteran’s calibre could help to take him to the next level of his game as he could learn from a player who has played at the highest level and won plenty of titles.
The 34-year-old has plenty of experience and has won a number of the top titles within football, including a World Cup and a European Championship with Spain, whilst he also has three Serie A titles to his name with Juventus and a Europa League with Sevilla (Transfermarkt).
Llorente could be a good option for Manchester United moving forward as he would obviously be a cheap addition because of his current contract situation, whilst the experience that he has is something that can be passed down to the club’s young stars.
It would seem as though the Spaniard has his eyes set on a move to Old Trafford and appears hopeful that a move could come to fruition; otherwise, it would not have been difficult to have seen him take up any of the offers he supposedly has from his homeland and Italy.
However, whether Manchester United are keen on him as he is to go there remains to be seen.
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