Arsenal and Manchester United have reportedly missed out on signing Juventus striker Fernando Llorente, after the Daily Express claimed that the 30-year-old had agreed a deal to return to La Liga and join Sevilla.
The Express report that the World Cup winner is set to join the Europa League winners in a deal that will the Old Lady pocket £7.3m.
The summer arrivals of Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic appeared to suggest that Llorente was surplus to requirements at Juventus Stadium. And while he was brought on in the latter stages of their opening day defeat to Udinese, a move to Sevilla – who sold their star striker Carlos Bacca to AC Milan earlier in the window – appears to promise much more first-team football.
The deal could well signal the end of the Spanish side’s surprising interest in West Ham’s injury-prone forward Andy Carroll. The Metro previously claimed that Sevilla were interested in a possible loan deal, but it was dependent on whether they landed Llorente.
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