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Fernando Llorente happy at Tottenham, not thinking about future

The Spaniard has been linked with a move away from Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

Mathew Nash

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Last summer Tottenham Hotspur moved to bring in a new striker to back up Harry Kane in the striker position. With Vincent Janssen proving to be a flop after his move from AZ Alkmaar the club made a move for Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente.

It broke the mould for Spurs, bringing in a player over the age of 30. But his 15 goals for the Swans last season certainly looked like a good reason to bring in the Spaniard.

SWANSEA, WALES – JANUARY 02: Fernando Llorente in action during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at Liberty Stadium on January 2, 2018 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

However, it has not been as successful a move as he or Tottenham would have liked.

Llorente has scored just five goals in 29 appearances for Spurs, which includes a hat-trick against League One side Rochdale in the FA Cup.

Last month it was reported by the London Evening Standard that Llorente would be sold in the summer. That said, the Spaniard is not thinking about his future at the club. Speaking to Nueve Cuatrouno this week Llorente explained that he is not giving any thought to his future at Spurs:

“I do not think about the future because you stop living in the present and I like to enjoy what I do every day. I’m happy and I do not think anymore.”

Llorente, however, may not have a future at Spurs. Harry Kane suffered an ankle injury last month, which could have been an opportunity for Llorente to start playing regularly for Spurs.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 07: Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur warms up prior to The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newport County at Wembley Stadium on February 7, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

However, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino did not think that way. The Argentine instead used Heung-min Son and Erik Lamela in more of a false nine role rather than play the Spaniard.

The 33-year-old is clearly not in the long-term plans of Pochettino or indeed Tottenham. The striker is likely to be on his way out of Spurs this summer, even if he is not currently giving it any thought.

A return to Spain could be on the cards, whilst there are plenty of clubs in the Premier League that would be interested in bringing him in. But staying at Spurs simply does not look likely.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Striker offload, Martial U-turn and Vertonghen wanted

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Striker offload

Tottenham Hotspur are stepping up their attempts to remove Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente from the club.

The London Evening Standard is reporting that Tottenham are hoping to raise as much as £30 million in fees by selling the two striker flops.

Spurs signed Dutch international Vincent Janssen in the summer of 2016 but he failed to have an impact and spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce. Llorente arrived as his replacement from Swansea but also struggled.

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Martial u-turn

Tottenham target Anthony Martial will now be allowed to leave Manchester United, according to reports.

The Guardian claim that United manager Jose Mourinho has performed a U-turn and wants the unhappy Frenchman sold this summer.

Tottenham have previously been keen but United want £80 million and would rather sell to foreign parties Bayern Munich or PSG.

Vertonghen wanted

PSG are keen on Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen. As reported by Les Parisien the French champions are looking to bring in a new central defender this summer who can also play in other roles.

The Belgian is the perfect option but Tottenham would seem very unlikely to sell. Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is also on their list.

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Everton round-up: Richarlison medical, Digne price-tag, Klaassen bid

All the latest news and gossip from Everton.

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Richarlison medical

Richarlison has completed his medical at Everton and is set to join on a £50 million deal from Watford in the next 24 hours.

Marco Silva worked with the Brazilian last season and was keen to reunite with him this summer.

An initial fee of £35 million is set to be paid for the player but clauses will take the overall price-tag nearer to £50 million.

That will make it a club record, ahead of last summer’s £45 million signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson.

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Digne price

There have been conflicting reports today in Spain regarding recent reports in England over Lucas Digne. The Mirror recently claimed Everton had agreed a £22 million fee for the French international.

However, that does not appear to be the case.

According to Sport, Everton have offered Barcelona just €10 million (£8.9m) for the player, with Barcelona wanting €16 million (£14.3m).

Everton currently have a delegation in Spain trying to thrash out a deal for the left-back.

Klaassen wanted

German side Werder Bremen want Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen. Kreiszeitung are reporting that the Bundesliga side are hopeful of signing the former Ajax captain in a £11.6 million deal this summer.

That would be a huge £12 million reduction on the £23.6 million Everton paid Ajax for the player last summer.

Klaassen failed to find his form at Everton and is expected to depart this summer.

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Jose Mourinho interest should spring Tottenham into Harry Maguire action, using Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham would be better off losing the Belgian now and bringing in England’s World Cup star.

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Manchester United are the latest team being linked with a move for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire. According to The Telegraph, Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the England World Cup hero and is readying a move.

Any deal would cost in excess of £50 million. The Mirror suggest he will cost £65 million and see the futures of Marcos Rojo. Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones jeopardised.

Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with Maguire this summer and this development should jolt them into action.

Spurs could have the upper hand in this race, as they have a player Mourinho may want even more than Maguire.

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United are known to be very keen on Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld. The 29-year-old’s contract stand-off with Spurs has seen him linked with an exit this summer. Tottenham are standing firm on any asking price. The latest reports suggested that fee was £75 million.

But, in the long run, allowing Alderweireld to go for cheaper could be a stroke of genius from Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Alderweireld is a far more ‘Mourinho’ player and the Manchester United boss would surely prefer him to Maguire. If Levy and Spurs allow the Belgian to go at a cheaper price it would leave the path clear to lodge their own bid for Maguire.

Tottenham would be ridding themselves of a contract rebel who, despite his brilliance, is nearly five years older than the England hero. In return, they would get Maguire, who would suit their style of play perfectly – especially if Mauricio Pochettino decides on playing a back-three.

A little convoluted? Perhaps. However, this could end up being the best case scenario for Tottenham.

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