Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente is out of contract at the end of this month and is set to leave on a free transfer.
According to the Evening Standard, the £100,000-a-week ace will exit Spurs this summer and the club decided not to activate the option to add another year to his contract.
The 34-year-old has played the role of back-up striker to Harry Kane during his two years in North London and been a decent understudy.
He finished last campaign with 35 games across all competitions, scoring eight goals and supplying five assists in return.
The Spaniard’s exit may not seen catastrophic at first glance, but it may be more damaging then first appears.
Llorente has been an experienced centre-forward that offers another dimension in attack with his height and holds the ball up well too.
He’s been an excellent understudy to Kane and finding someone who is happy in that role for next season will be a difficult task.
Llorente is a big influence in the dressing room and manager Mauricio Pochettino needs to try find a like-for-like replacement somehow this summer.
The towering striker popped up with some crucial moments during the club’s run to the Champions League final last season and can leave with his head held high.
Spurs must be on the lookout for a new attacker that can provide a different alternative to talisman Kane.