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Arsenal faxed a bid €20m for striker a few days ago - report

Arsenal have been told to forget a January offer for Fernando Llorente.

Fernando Llorente had a slow start to life at Juventus, but is slowly transforming back into life.

The striker scored against Real Madrid in midweek in the 2-2 Champions League draw, a game of the like in which he was bought to shine.

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He also scored in the away defeat at the Bernabeu, and Juventus are clearly pleased the 28-year-old is blossoming.

He had been linked by the Mirror with a January switch to the Premier League, with John Cross reporting that Arsenal wanted to make a bid.

They have now been told to forget it, with Italian newspaper Tuttosport reporting remarkable developments on behalf of the Gunners.

They claim Arsenal even offered €20 million for the Spanish striker earlier this week.

"Arsene Wenger knows his attackers: he has had and developed a Robin Van Persie into a champion who later left for United. Now he wants Fernando Llorente, for Arsenal. The proposal came, as usual, by fax: 20 million. The first move of the UK clubs to tempt a player this is it. And it was received a few days ago."

It is also claimed Barcelona and Real Madrid have made enquiries.

However club general manager Beppe Marotta has dismissed their advances:

"But the player is not for sale, it never was, stays with us. There is great confidence in the boy, is reaching the top of his condition. We are very happy with him and his progress."

Tempting Llorente was always going to be tough. Having shown signs of struggling to settle early, the striker would likely not want to move to another country, if any he'd look to return to his homeland Spain ahead of the World Cup. It looks now like he won't have to make such a move.

Do you believe Arsenal were in for Llorente? Who should they try for instead in January?

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