Barcelona eye Fernando Llorente in January

Sudarshan Venkatesan
|Published 14/01/2019

Fernando Llorente is wanted by Barcelona in January transfer window. 

FC Barcelona are reportedly exploring an opportunity to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Fernando Llorente, according to Mundo Deportivo. The Spaniard has been playing second fiddle to England’s Skipper Harry Kane upon his move from Swansea in 2017.

Letting go Paco Alcacer in a permanent deal to Borussia Dortmund this winter, and the sale of Munir El Haddadi to Sevilla has put Ernesto Valverde on the pressure to search for a striker who would be willing to play as a backup to the Uruguyuan Luis Suarez.

However, with Harry Kane injuring himself during the clash against Manchester United on Sunday, there are very minimal chances of seeing him in Barcelona colours this month. Besides, his contract expires following this season, which means that he would be free to negotiate with foreign clubs from the start of this month.

The 33-year-old has made just one Premier League start in more than years, but he has been a regular in domestic cup competitions by featuring eleven times. The Spaniard is a kind of player who would please the Catalans, but there is no doubt that he could prove to be a very good backup as he has the nack of scoring goals.

The way Barcelona play, he would be required to play more with foot than his head. It would be difficult for him to get adjusted to this system as he plays in a team which loves to hoff the ball up and head the ball.

He was so effective for Atletico Bilbao, Juventus and Swansea because he was more or less the main man when he is on the pitch. He has scored nearly 200 goals from 592 games, and has plenty of experience in his bag.

Another striker who has been linked with the reigning La Liga Champions is Alvaro Morata. Despite his struggles at Stamford Bridge, he has plenty of time to revive his career should he look at other options.

There is no doubt about the talent he possesses having played for Real Madrid, Juventus and Chelsea already. Even though he has not been at it’s best, there is no doubt that he would make up an excellent backup at Camp Nou.

It will be interesting to see what Barcelona will do as they have very limited striker options in the transfer market. Additionally, the Catalans are also looking to replace Luis Suarez who would turn 33 next summer.

There is an expected revamp in the attacking and midfield department with Todibo already putting pen to paper. Adrien Rabiot and Frankie De Jong are the midfielders who might head to Nou Camp in the summer window.

 

 


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