Fernando Llorente

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera and Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente are transfer targets for Athletic Bilbao, according to the club’s new director of football Rafa Alkorta.

In an interview with Spanish radio network Cadena SER, Alkorta said: "We are interested in Javi Martinez, Ibai Gomez, Ander Herrera, Fernando Llorente... all of them interest us."

As part of club policy, Athletic Bilbao only sign players born in the Basque Country or who came through the youth ranks of Basque clubs.

Both Herrera and Llorente meet that criteria and have already had previous spells at the club, playing 128 and 327 games for Bilbao respectively.
 

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As part of club policy, Athletic Bilbao only sign players born in the Basque Country or who came through the youth ranks of Basque clubs.
Always think this is absolutely bonkers.

Thanks for the reminder that there could be worse self imposed constraints than we have.
 

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They more or less declared an interest in all of their former players. I suppose when your hands are tied like theirs are then it’s tricky. Imagine if they had a Levy on their purse-strings!

Anyway, Fernando is much too handsome to let go.
 

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Very strange policy by Bilbao but could be to our benefit if means we can get a bigger fee out of them than we would from other clubs who have a wider net.
 

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Would be interesting to know what question prompted that answer. Sounds like “do any former players interest you?” or something similar. He just rattled off a list of former players
 

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Would be interesting to know what question prompted that answer. Sounds like “do any former players interest you?” or something similar. He just rattled off a list of former players
They have a policy of only signing Basque players and with Bilbao’s stock plummeting in recent years, they haven’t really got much choice.
 

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They’ve resigned Ibai Gomez so that’s one of the three
 

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Barcelona have been linked with a shock move for Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente, according to reports in Spain.

The Spanish giants are looking for a back-up player to bolster their ranks in attack after they sold Munir El Haddadi to Sevilla earlier this month.

Athletic Bilbao are also said to be interested in the 33-year-old, report Mundo Deportivo.

:LOL:
 

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However he’s done for us, he was always going to have enough credit in Spain to earn a decent move back home.
However, the bigger question is, can we afford to let him go with no other CF cover around, as I don’t see us bringing anyone else in.
Kane - took a knock yesterday
Son - off to play for South Korea
Janssen - way out of favour, not even registered currently, but obviously that could change if Llorente left.
 

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He's looked sharper and fitter this year in his limited minutes. Especially with Harry's injury I think we have to hold on to him.
 

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He's looked sharper and fitter this year in his limited minutes. Especially with Harry's injury I think we have to hold on to him.
If there is money to be made from Llorente I don't see Levy turning it down regardless of our injuries. I do however agree with you however, we need him.
 

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Well, he won’t be going anywhere now with kane’s Potential injury.
 

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If we get a relatively good offer, I think we might allow him to go but only at the end of the month as Son would, by then, be back or almost back from the Asian Cup.
 

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Hello - first time poster (previously frequented a Spurs forum that appears to have met its demise)

If a good bid were to come in for Llorente I can see it being accepted. Selling one of the older squad members, ideally for a modest profit, makes sense on the balance sheet.

You would expect him to want to go somewhere he'll play more regularly as he approaches the latter stages of his career, though he'd also find it difficult to turn down the chance to turn out for Barca, even in a limited capacity.

Would really hope for some cover to be brought in if he does go, though. Also, he seems a decent bloke who has been quiet and not complaining about his lack of minutes, staying professional and doing what is asked of him. I like that sort of player!
 

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Hello - first time poster (previously frequented a Spurs forum that appears to have met its demise)

If a good bid were to come in for Llorente I can see it being accepted. Selling one of the older squad members, ideally for a modest profit, makes sense on the balance sheet.

You would expect him to want to go somewhere he'll play more regularly as he approaches the latter stages of his career, though he'd also find it difficult to turn down the chance to turn out for Barca, even in a limited capacity.

Would really hope for some cover to be brought in if he does go, though. Also, he seems a decent bloke who has been quiet and not complaining about his lack of minutes, staying professional and doing what is asked of him. I like that sort of player!
Welcome
A nice first post and I agree
If llorentte moves on then I hope we have a replacement in mind
 

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If there is money to be made from Llorente I don't see Levy turning it down regardless of our injuries. I do however agree with you however, we need him.
A top 4 finish would surely bring in more money than a fee for Llorente. Madness to sell him at this precise moment IMO.
 
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