Arsenal in the hunt for Spanish ace

Athetic Bilbao's Fernando LlorenteArsenal are on the hunt for Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente as replacement for club captain Robin van Persie, announced the Daily Mail this morning.

As the Dutchman remains intent on leaving North London, Arsene Wenger and co are now focusing on brining the saga to a quick resolution, selling on van Persie and finding a replacement before the start of the new season in just under a month’s time.

The Gunners will be hoping to make maximum profit on their captain; ensuring funds are available to buy a replacement, with Llorente valued at £28 million after scoring 28 goals in an impressive La Liga campaign last season.

Having already signed Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, the arrival of Llorente at the Emirates would bring another dimension going forward, as Arsene Wenger seeks goals coming from various positions all over the pitch, rather than relying on one prolific goal scorer as was the case in last season’s campaign.

Van Persie this morning finds himself omitted from the Arsenal squad travelling to the Far East for a pre-season tour next week, making it unlikely he will feature for the Gunners again.

Robert Lewandowski and Stefan Jovetic have also been linked with a move to North London.

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