Report: Fernando Llorente's Monaco move jeopardised by wage demands

Fernando Llorente

Juventus striker Fernando Llorente could price himself out of a move to Monaco.

According to a report from Tutto Mercato Web, Monaco have been put off a move for Juventus striker Fernando Llorente - due to the player's wage demands.

Llorente, 30, made his name with Athletic Bilbao, smashing 118 goals in 333 games before a free transfer move to Juventus in 2013.

The Spanish international may have scored 27 goals in 90 games for Juve, but he now faces a bleak future with the Champions League finalists, having signed Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Simone Zaza this summer.

With Alvaro Morata also at the club, Llorente could feasibly be the fifth choice striker at Massimiliano Allegri's disposal - making a summer exit likely.

Tutto Mercato Web believe that, whilst Monaco are interested in signing the giant target man, they have been put off by the player's wage demands - forcing them to target Roma's Mattia Destro instead.

The news comes just days after Gazzetta Dello Sport reported interest in Llorente from Tottenham and West Ham, with both clubs seemingly targeting a new striker this summer.

Tottenham or West Ham?

With Monaco heading out of the race for Llorente's signature, it could be left down to Tottenham and West Ham for Llorente's next destination - but who should he choose?

West Ham have been ambitious with their transfer moves this summer, but targeting Llorente when they already have Andy Carroll in the ranks would be surprise, considering that the players have similar strengths and weaknessses.

Tottenham on the other hand need help for Harry Kane, and Llorente's success under Marcelot Bielsa - the man who tutored Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino - at Athletic Bilbao could lend itself to featuring heavily at White Hart Lane, which Llorente needs having slipped down the pecking order at Juventus.

With a top four push on the cards next season, Llorente could be attracted by a move to Spurs - and he is perfectly suited to the Premier League with his size, strength and aerial ability.

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