'When rather than if' Arsenal sign Juve striker

Arsenal won't take no for an answer and remain determined to lure Juventus striker Fernando Llorente in January.

Arsenal haven't given up on signing Spanish marksman Fernando Llorente from Juventus and reports suggest that they are ready to up their offer.

Llorente has been impressing for Juventus of late and scored the opening goal in the Bianconeri's 3-0 win over Napoli last weekend.

That goal won't have gone unnoticed by Arsenal scouts who are said to be watching him and the Gunners are unfazed by reportedly having had one bid knocked back by the Old Lady.

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal's signature of Llorente is a matter of when rather than if as the London club have the funds at their disposal to override Juve's qualms about selling him.

The paper insists that Arsenal are ready to up their bid and will continue to pester the Italians until it is accepted.

Juventus will be reluctant to sell Llorente as he is starting to settle in Turin and forming a dangerous partnership with Carlos Tevez.

However, there have been whispers in Italy that the Scudetto chasers are already looking for replacements and that they could be swayed should Arsenal bid somewhere in the region of £20m.

Juventus only signed the striking giant in July but there are also rumours that Barcelona and Real Madrid are ready to fight Arsenal for his signature, which could raise the price tag still higher.

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