Arsenal lead Man United in race to sign £8.5m Serie A star

Arsenal are believed to have overtaken Manchester United in the race to sign Juventus star Fernando Llorente, according to reports from the Express.

The 30-year-old is being targeted by the Premier League duo as they look to reinforce their front line for the upcoming campaign.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been linked with a host of players this summer as he continues his search to provide Olivier Giroud with some competition up top.

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United manager Louis van Gaal is currently very limited with his attacking options following the departure of Radamel Falcao to Chelsea and Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce.

Wenger is said to be open to tabling a bid around the £8.5million region, with both clubs also targeting Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema as well as Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani for the role.

Llorente feature 45 times in all competitions for his side the previous term, scoring a total of nine goals while providing a further four assists.