Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that Fiorentina are in talks with free agent Fernando Llorente after the player was released by Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
Llorente, 34, clocked up 66 league and cup appearances for Tottenham during two seasons with the north London club, finding the back of the net just 13 times. Eight of those came last season.
Though he did not score many, the Spain international and 2010 World Cup winner scored important goals – like the winner against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final last season.
It is believed Fiorentina have entered talks to sign the former Athletic Bilbao striker, though it is also claimed that Tottenham could still yet offer Llorente another contract to keep him in north London for another season.
TBR’s view – Tottenham need to move on from Llorente
Yes, Llorente was decent back-up to Harry Kane. But the veteran striker is now 34 and will turn 35 in February 2020. He was a different option for Spurs, a plan B.
But Mauricio Pochettino needs to realise that Tottenham must move on and build on their excellent 2018-19 campaign. Bringing Llorente back is a step backwards.
They need to bring in a £30million striker that is willing to act as back-up to Kane. But it must be remembered that Llorente still managed 35 league and cup appearances for Spurs last term, and any addition will get game time.