Could Juventus signing Mario Mandzukic help Spurs land Fernando Llorente?

Juventus completed a deal for Mario Mandzukic on Friday.

In an interview with Sky Italia, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri confirmed the signing of Croatian international striker Mario Mandzukic from Spanish side Atletico Madrid.

The former Bayern Munich man spent just one season in La Liga, but his battle to acclimatise to the Spanish top-flight sparked plenty of speculation over his future.

Serie A champions Juventus haven’t let their Champions League final defeat detract them from their summer plans, and signing Mandzukic is another demonstration of their lofty status in Italy.

But how does Mario Mandzukic signing for Juventus help Tottenham Hotspur?

Tottenham Hotspur have a big summer of recruitment ahead of them, with a number of positions needing strengthening such as at the heart of defence and midfield.

However, arguably their most important signing will come in the striking department – competition for 21-goal hitman Harry Kane in case of injuries, suspensions or even the feared second-season syndrome is paramount.

As per a report in the Italian publication TMW last weekend, Spurs’ intentions of bringing in a new striker saw them credited with an interest in Juve’s centre-forward Fernando Llorente.

The former Athletic Bilbao striker has failed to dislodge Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez as the Italian’s regular front two, and Mario Mandzukic represents a like-for-like replacement.

The report in TMW claims Spurs would be willing to play up to £5.7 million for his services, a very fair price for a 30-year-old who still has plenty left to offer.

Llorente has similar attributes to Kane, making a potential deal all the more feasible for all parties involved, not least Spurs who at times last season became almost too reliable on their young England international.

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