Will Tevez and Llorente become Europe's best value strikeforce?

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Former Manchester City and Manchester United man Carlos Tevez is heading to Juventus to join forces with Fernando Llorente.

Juventus fans are quite rightly celebrating the imminent arrival of a big-name striker, one they have actually paid money for at long last.

The Bianconeri had tried desperately to sign a proven striker last summer, hoping to attract Robin van Persie from Arsenal, only to end up with Nicklas Bendtner on loan instead.

A lack of ready to spend cash has hamstrung their search, even seeing them take the desperate step of bringing in Nicolas Anelka from China in January - He played just two Serie A games.

There was one ray of hope in January, Juventus secured the Bosman signing of Fernando Llorente, who will arrive on July 1.

Llorente had a disappointing season this campaign, due to a whole downturn in fortune for Athletic Bilbao which culminated in Marcelo Bielsa leaving, with the drop-off in performances triggered by losing key man Javi Martinez the summer before.

Bilbao had last summer placed a £30 million figure on Llorente's head, amid speculative interest from Manchester City and Liverpool among others.

Had Vicente del Bosque given him the nod to do the damage for Spain at Euro 2012, instead of leaving him on the bench, Bilbao may just have seen their valuation met.

As it was he is to become Juventus' stroke of fortune, with the 28-year-old just one season removed from that storming season in 2011/12 where he netted 29 goals in all competitions.

The knowledge he is to arrive in Turin next week has eased the pressure somewhat on the club, although the fact he only bagged five goals this season, one complicated by niggling injuries and a fallout with his coach, has led to the club trying to find a second striker, just in case.

Top targets had included Stevan Jovetic and Gonzalo Higuain, but the club simply have not been able to afford either.

So the purchase of Carlos Tevez, a Champions League winner with Manchester United in 2008 is a godsend for them.

Tevez struck 17 goals for City last season, one which included a storming start for him and plenty of rotation, and he should benefit from new surroundings and being one of the main men.

For just £10 million he is a bargain, and the combination of he and Fernando Llorente on a free transfer may just be the best value strikeforce in Europe, especially when considering West Ham have just paid £15 million for Andy Carroll alone.

Are you excited to see how Tevez and Llorente line-up? Do Juventus need anybody else? 

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