The battle for Fernando Llorente’s signature may be coming to a head but while Spurs have supposedly been in pole position as far as the rumour mills are concerned, the appearance of Manchester City in today’s gossip columns could put an end to any hopes of landing the striker.
The 27 year old announced last week that he would not be signing a new contract at the end of June 2013 and as such, he would be available on a free next summer. That led, in turn, to rumours claiming that clubs would be looking at a bargain bid in the region of £7m in an attempt to land Llorente when the transfer window opens next month.
Having supposedly bid some 30 million Euros last January it might seem to make sense from Tottenham’s point of view. There are wages to consider of course but with a lack of cover up front and a bargain price this does seem to add up.
However, a fee of £7m will attract others too and Manchester City are the latest to be linked with Llorente’s signature. It would be no surprise to see Mario Balotelli on his way out of the club next month and here is a ready made replacement.
Fernando Llorente at White Hart Lane seems an exciting prospect but City’s big bucks could quickly end the speculation.