Tottenham were not alone in interest in shock striker signing, report reveals

Date published: Monday 3rd February 2020 9:55

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Fernando Llorente could have made a surprise move to Barcelona last month, it is claimed.

Llorente left Tottenham as a free agent in the summer, returning to Italy to sign for Napoli, having previously represented Juventus in Serie A.

The Spaniard had been linked with Manchester United before heading back to Italy, but the Red Devils decided against bringing in the veteran centre-forward.

With Spurs suffering a major blow by losing Harry Kane to injury recently, a shock return was suggested for Llorente, who has struggled to fit in at Napoli since Carlo Ancelotti was replaced as manager by Gennaro Gattuso, whose preferred formation features one less striker.

Tottenham did not end up taking the 34-year-old back, with Steven Bergwijn their only January addition.

Now, AS reveal that Llorente had another surprising potential suitor in January, with Barcelona snubbing the opportunity to sign him.

The La Liga champions had been searching for a replacement for Luis Suarez, who like Kane has been ruled out for a number of months – but in another mirror of the Tottenham situation, Barcelona declined to sign a direct replacement.

It has now been revealed that Llorente was under consideration – with his pedigree in his homeland with Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla a major factor – but Barcelona have opted to continue with their present squad.

 

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