Ever since Louis Van Gaal claimed United were in the hunt for a striker during the club’s pre-season tour, almost every forward on the planet has been linked with the Reds. One name that hasn’t been mooted – until now- is that of Juventus’ towering forward Fernando Llorente who is reportedly on the Reds’ radar after being offered by the Italian giants.
Llorente is well known to most Reds as part of the side which took United apart in their disastrous Europa League campaign in 2012. Llorente bagged in both legs as Atletico Bilbao – featuring a certain Ander Herrera- knocked the Reds out of the competition.
The Mirror: The Old Trafford giants have been offered giant Spain international Llorente and have asked to be “kept informed” of his situation.
The link to 30-year-old Llorente emerged as Angel Di Maria’s proposed £45m move to Paris Saint-Germain edged nearer as officials from the French club held talks with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward on Monday in London.
United are looking at a range of options to bolster their forward line, after allowing Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao to leave this summer.
At aged 30 Llorente isn’t going to be a long term option but could add some much needed firepower to the Reds forward line. The author of the article – Dave McDonnell is usually one of the more reliable journalists and just as he called the Robin Van Persie transfer a few seasons ago maybe the Mirror writer is on the money once more.
Llorente didn’t enjoy the best of seasons during the last campaign – bagging a mere nine goals in all competitions- but if Van Gaal is looking for someone with height, power and experience then maybe it’s worth a punt on the Spanish international who once left the Reds in his wake.