Report: Stoke City and Crystal Palace join the race to sign Fernando Llorente

Fernando Llorente

Juventus striker Fernando Llorente has been linked with a move to Stoke City, Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

According to a the latest reports in Tuttosport, Crystal Palace and Stoke City have joined a host of clubs interested in signing Juventus striker Fernando Llorente.

The Spanish international’s future in Turin looks increasingly bleak following the club’s decision to bring in Mario Mandzukic from Atletico Madrid plus the progression of Alvaro Morata.

As per a report in The Sun, Arsenal were said to be considering a move for the striker whereas Tuttosport claimed earlier last month that Tottenham Hotspur were also a potential suitor.

Llorente’s has plenty of options, and fresh reports suggest the list is growing further as Crystal Palace and Stoke City join the hunt as the Premier League duo look to bolster their attacking ranks.

“Sevilla, above all, is the club pressing although the Premier League have stepped forward, Crystal Palace and Stoke joining the race. Juventus have set a price at €12 million [£8.5 million],” the report states.

Premier League options:

Despite reports highlighting interest from the Gunners and Spurs, both clubs have proven centre-forwards capable of scoring goals, linking up play and defending from the front.

Do the North London duo really need Llorente? Arguably no, though the same can’t be said of Alan Pardew’s entertaining Crystal Palace side.

Glenn Murray proved to be a critical play for the Eagles towards the end of last season and Llorente is very much a like-for-like striker, though undoubtedly a few levels up on the Palace ace.

Stoke, despite being fairly top heavy with Mame Biram Diouf, Jonathan Walters and Joselu for options, are still in the hunt for that big summer signing and Llorente would certainly fall into that category.

The 30-year-old striker still has another few years at the top of his game, and his 6ft 5inch frame would see him thrive in the rough and tumble of Premier League football.

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