Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed Manchester United are interested in landing free agent striker Fernando Llorente, after the Spaniard was released by Tottenham Hotspur at the end of his contract.
Llorente, 34, failed to make an enormous impact at Spurs though he was given the near-impossible job of scoring on a regular basis despite being Harry Kane’s back-up. He scored 13 goals in 66 appearances.
Last season, the 2010 World Cup winner did net some important goals. He scored the decisive strike against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final, before playing a crucial part against Ajax in the semi.
However, his contract came to an end after two years in north London, and now United could take him to Old Trafford. Romelu Lukaku’s future remains in doubt, and he could be sold after Thursday’s deadline.
Foreign clubs can still purchase players from English clubs after Thursday with their deadline expiring on August 31. Given that Llorente is a free agent, United have the option to replace Lukaku beyond Thursday.
TBR’s view – Another stab in the back for Tottenham?
Manchester United are reportedly in talks to lure Christian Eriksen to Old Trafford this summer, and losing two crucial cogs of Tottenham’s side to United this summer will be a huge blow for Mauricio Pochettino.
However, it depends who is brought to Spurs on whether the loss of Eriksen and indeed Llorente to one of the club’s biggest rivals. The club are said to be in talks for Philippe Coutinho, Paulo Dybala and Giovani Lo Celso.