Fernando Llorente to Arsenal: Juventus striker's agent 'holds talks' with Gunners

Reports in Italy say negotiations are under way

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Juventus striker Fernando Llorente's agent held talks with Arsenal on Tuesday, according to reports in Italy.

Tuttosport have reported that the striker will be leaving Juve this summer, with Real Madrid, in addition to the Gunners, interested. The Italian newspaper have claimed that Llorente's representative has met with Arsenal officials.

The Spain international Llorente, 30, moved to Juve from Athletic Bilbao in 2013, and has scored 23 goals in 65 Serie A appearances for the Italian side.

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Llorenete had spent nine seasons at Bilbao before the move.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger had said this week that he is still looking to strengthen the Arsenal squad.

 

"We know we will be better but it's difficult to know how much our opponents will improve before the season.

"If we can still strengthen, we will do it."

The Gunners have also been linked a £40m move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, however reports that he was on a private jet to London this week proved wide of the mark - he is still with Real's squad on their pre-season tour of Australia.

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