Tottenham Hotspur could offer Fernando Llorente a new deal to remain with the team beyond the summer, according to a report by The Guardian.
The Spaniard is currently a free agent and is free to speak to other clubs this summer after seeing his £100,000-a-week deal come to an end last week.
Tottenham, however, would be willing to try and come to terms with a new deal for the veteran forward, should he be prepared to settle for a contract on reduced terms.
It would certainly be a smart deal for Tottenham to try and make and one that could benefit them for another season.
Llorente continued to show in glimpses what he could provide Mauricio Pochettino’s side when given the opportunity, with his performance against Ajax in the Champions League semi-final second leg just one piece of evidence. His introduction into the game appeared to turn the match into Tottenham’s favour, with BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand praising his work during his post-match analysis.
“He went and stood on Daley Blind the whole game when came on and they pumped balls into him”, said the former Manchester United man, via HITC.
”Daley Blind couldn’t deal with him, and then the boys, they came up behind Llorente and they produced the goods.”
Spurs lack any real cover for Harry Kane and should the talisman be struck with injury once again, it would be difficult to see who (in the current squad) can provide the club with a suitable alternative.
According to Transfermarkt, the 34-year-old managed to provide the north London outfit with eight goals and five assists in his 35 matches across all appearances.
Losing a player like Llorente and not replacing him would have to be considered a blow on Tottenham’s part, especially if they were unable to acquire a new forward ahead of the upcoming campaign. Vincent Janssen would be the only other recognised alternative, however, his future is far from assured this summer as he no-showed at pre-season training (Football.London).
Asking him to return on a reduced pay-packet could be a risky move, as it would not be a surprise if other clubs were interested, however, it might be a really smart move to make.
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