Arsenal have again been linked to a move for Athelic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente according to a article in The Mail.
If the report is to be believed the 27 year old striker is open to a move to England as he only has one year left on his contract. However he has a £28m buy-out clause in the contract, meaning he will be far from cheap.
The Spanish international had very productive season for Bilbao last term, scoring 29 times in 53 appearances in all competitions and helping his side to the finals of both the Copa del Rey and Europa League.
Obviously this transfer will depend greatly on what happens with Robin Van Persie and let us not forget that Arsenal have also been linked to Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud. Nevertheless we will look at three reasons why Llorente should definitely consider a move to the Emirates:
THE QUALITY OF THE SQUAD
The Arsenal team must surely be one of the most talented and creative teams in the Premiership. Along with Manchester City, the Gunners midfield is arguably the most productive with respect to creating chances for the strikers as Van Persie’s massive haul of 37 goals in all competitions last season will attest to. Playing in a team with such service must be a dream for a striker and as opposed to at Manchester City where strikers are rotated, a striker who is in-form and scoring will enjoy regular football under Wenger.
LACK OF COMPETITION
The departure of Van Persie, which will undoubtely be required to ensure Llorente’s arrival, will mean the departure of the one player at Arsenal likely to be able to keep him out the team. Llorente along with Van Perise is one of those real rareties in football, a naturally gifted goalscorer. To be fair Arsenal do have other options upfront such as Gervinho, Bendtner and Chamakh. But with all due respect to them none look like having the ability to score 20 plus goals a season.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOOTBALL
The fact that Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League next season must be a massive bonus for any prospective transfer targets. Any top class talent wants to play at the highest possible level, in order to increase exposure and rewards and outside international football this is the Champions League. With Athletic finishing well outside the Champions League qualification places in 10th in the Spanish Primera, if Llorente does want Champions League football again next season he will have to move.
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