Arsenal begin talks over move for Man United strike target

Arsenal have made an inquiry over the chance to sign Manchester United target Fernando Llorente from Juventus this summer, according to reports from the Express.

The 30-year-old emerged as a potential striking candidate for United following the announcement from manager Louis van Gaal in regards to a surprise signing.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is currently aiming to sign Real Madrid star Karim Benzema, but has been monitoring the situation of Llorente should he fail a move for the Frenchman.

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The Serie A winners could be open to the sale of the forward after they completed an earlier transfer for Mario Mandzukic from Atletico Madrid to add to their front line.

Despite heavy interest from the Red Devils, a source from The Sun revealed that Wenger’s side have opened talks over the potential deal while Van Gaal is yet to make a move.

“It’s Arsenal who’ve been in contact — not United,” a source said.

“They have made an inquiry but there is no bid yet. But it is clear they are interested and it is also clear that Juventus are ready to listen.”

Llorente is currently unhappy at his limited playing time in Italy and is looking to make a switch to a club that can offer him regular football ahead of Euro 2016.