Report: Tottenham, Liverpool to miss out as Fernando Llorente nears Monaco switch

Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have been linked with Fernando Llorente this summer.

According to the latest reports from the Spanish publication AS, Juventus ace Fernando Llorente is in deep discussions over a move to Monaco, with an agreement expected to be reached.

The Spanish striker has been heavily linked with a move away from the Serie A champions this summer after spending much of the previous campaign restricted to a place on the bench.

As per TMW and the Daily Telegraph, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have been credited with holding an interest in the star, with both clubs keen to bolster their attacking options this summer.

However, the Premier League duo are set to miss out as reports claim that Llorente’s move to Monaco is all-but done, with the striker having his heart set on a move to the Stade Louis II.

“The Ligue 1 outfit has decided to push to sign the centre-forward and talks are believed to be at an advanced stage. Diario AS learns that Llorente has practically made his mind up on where he will be for the new season,” the report states.

What are Tottenham Hotspur missing out on?

Llorente, 30, is a superb candidate to rival young striker Harry Kane for that lone centre-forward role at Spurs – a position which needs to be filled this summer.

As good as Kane was last season, Mauricio Pochettino can’t expect a repeat performance in the ensuing campaign and any injury or suspension to his star man leaves him short of quality replacements.

Llorente is big, powerful, excellent with the ball at his feet and a solid finisher, attributes which are ideal as a lone forward and ones which the White Hart Lane outfit need to find in a new striker this summer.

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