Transfer news: Arsenal contact Juventus over a loan-move for striker Fernando Llorente - reports
Arsene Wenger is keen to strengthen his attacking options in January and could move for either Llorente or AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy
Arsenal could look to strengthen their attack in the January window with a loan-move for Juventus striker Fernando Llorente in an effort to maintain their Premier League title assault for the remainder of the season.
Manager Arsene Wenger has elected to start striker Olivier Giroud in each of their 10 Premier League matches so far this season, with competition up-front coming from the seriously inconsistent Nicklas Bendtner and the unproven Yaya Sanogo, who been given just 39 minutes of competitive football this season.
Reports are suggesting that the Gunners have already begun talks with the Italian league champions Juventus over a loan for the Spaniard, who has seen his first team opportunities somewhat limited due to the availability of Carlos Tevez, Fabio Quagliarella and Mirko Vucinic.
Arsenal failed rather publicly in their attempt to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in the summer, with their Premier League rivals rejecting two bids from the current league table-toppers – the second of £40m plus £1 infuriating the Reds hierarchy.
They also missed out on Gonzalo Higuian after a proposed move from Real Madrid fell through once the Spanish club bumped the price up to £34m, with Champions League opposition Napoli splashing out to land the Argentinian instead. Interest in Stevan Jovetic and Wayne Rooney also came to nothing, while a deadline day loan-move for Chelsea striker Demba Ba was called off at the last minute, with both clubs refusing to take the blame for the failed switch.
Wenger is keen to land a top quality striker in the transfer window to provide a stimulus for Giroud to maintain his good start to the campaign, as well as provide cover should anything happen to the Frenchman.
Llorente began the season out of favour with manager Antonio Conte, with Tevez and Vucinic proving to be his favoured partnership leading his line. However, Llorente has since made seven starts for the Italian club, including a run of four straight starts, although he was dropped for the weekend’s 1-0 victory over Parma.
AC Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy is also said to be on their radar, although the 21-year-old Italian is currently on the sidelines with a foot injury. His youth, pace and versatility is said to attract Arsenal though, and he has been scouted out as a long-term option which could go ahead in the summer.
Latest in Sport
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Eden Hazard exclusive interview - All is rosy in the garden of Eden
Chelsea vs Tottenham combined XI: Hugo Lloris or Thibaut Courtois? Willian or Christian Eriksen? Who makes the final cut?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Theo Walcott 'involved in spat' with fans after Champions League defeat
Robbie Savage avoids driving ban - because he would get 'accosted' too much if he had to use public transport
Carl Frampton vs Chris Avalos; Tyson Fury vs Christian Hammer; Dmitry Chudinov vs Chris Eubank Jr - boxing on TV this weekend
- 1 Forget 'The Dress': Here are five of the biggest news stories you might have missed
- 2 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 5 Saudi Muslim cleric claims the Earth is 'stationary' and the sun rotates around it
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts