Arsenal boss Wenger wants Juventus outcast Llorente on loan

Arsene Wenger is considering making a loan approach for Juventus striker Fernando Llorente, the Daily Mail has reported, as the manager seeks to bolster his Arsenal squad in the winter transfer window.

Llorente moved to the Serie A champions of a free transfer in the summer, following the expiration of his Athletic Bilbao contract. But the Spain international has found appearances hard to come by at Juventus, featuring only five times since the start of the season as the presence and form of Carlos Tevez has restricted the amount of times Antonio Conte calls on the 28-year-old.

Wenger had considered a move for Llorente when he was a Bilbao player and the Gunners scouts are well aware of the striker’s qualities – and also that he is keen to play regularly in the second half of the season in order to secure a place in the Spain squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Llorente has not been involved in Vicente Del Bosque’s recent squads, despite being part of the group that won the World Cup in 2010 and the European Champions last summer. He has seven goals for Spain in 22 appearances, but has played only once for La Roja in 2013.

He made his debut under Del Bosque in 2008, scoring his first Spain goal against England a year later, and made a 30-minute cameo against Portugal in Spain’s victorious 2010 World Cup campaign. Llorente didn’t play at Euro 2012 but still received a winner’s medal.

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