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Tottenham cannot sanction Fernando Llorente exit until a replacement is found

Mauricio Pochettino simply has no choice but to refuse to allow Fernando Llorente to leave Tottenham until the club have tracked down or decided on who will replace him as the alternative to Harry Kane in attack.

Turkish newspaper Star claims that Galatasaray have come to an agreement with the man who Through It All Together claim earns £75,000 per week on his existing Tottenham contract, but that they are yet to agree terms with Tottenham.

With an initial offer believed to be worth just €1 million (£900,000), it is not a price worth accepting even given the fact that Llorente clearly does not feature in his manager’s plans.

ENFIELD, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 18: Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on December 18, 2018 in Enfield, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Now aged 33, Llorente has played just 23 minutes of Premier League action this season despite a greater need than ever to rest Harry Kane after an intense World Cup schedule in the summer.

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Despite that, the club cannot afford themselves to be left in a position where there is no alternative. Should the England international pick up an injury or lose form, Spurs would almost certainly be forced to change the set-up to provide a solution.

As such, it would be a huge gamble for Pochettino to allow Llorente to depart, particularly for so little financial incentive, unless a replacement has already been found.

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