Arsenal line up Fernando Llorente as replacement for Robin van Persie

19 July 2012 09:59
Arsenal will pursue a move for Atletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente if Robin van Persie leaves this summer.[LNB]Manager Arsene Wenger wants a quick resolution to the Van Persie saga so he can either prepare for the new season with the Dutchman in his plans or have enough time to find a replacement.[LNB] Wish you were here? Arsenal target Fernando Llorente and his girlfriend on holiday in Ibiza[LNB] And Sportsmail understands Wenger and his scouting team have spoken at depth about a move for Spain forward Llorente should their talisman leave.[LNB]  The 27-year-old - who scored 28 goals for Bilbao last season - has a ?28million release clause written into his contract.[LNB]And Wenger would use the ?20m-plus from Van Persie's sale in his attempt to lure the striker.[LNB]At 6ft 5ins, Wenger believes Llorente has the physical attributes and ability on the ball to deal with the rigours of English football.[LNB]But whether Bilbao would be willing to negotiate a deal below his hefty release clause remains unclear.

Source: Daily_Mail