Chelsea and Tottenham dealt transfer blow

Fernando Llorente

Juventus have moved to dismiss talk of Fernando Llorente leaving the club on loan in January, reports the Daily Express.

The Spaniard has found himself linked with a possible loan switch to a host of clubs, including Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal and Real Madrid.

Llorente only made the switch to the Serie A giants in the summer, joining on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao. However reports suggest the Spaniard is struggling to adapt to life in Italy, and may already be seeking a move away.

Manchester City found themselves linked with a surprise loan bid before the end of the transfer window, and it is now thought Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea have begun to monitor the situation.

However Fifa agent Francois Gallardo suggested a return to Spain with Real Madrid would be the most likely destination for the forward in January.

“Fernando Llorente could get transferred to Real Madrid and play in the Champions League, as he is not getting minutes with Juve,” he said.

“Many people want [Radamel] Falcao, because he is the ‘best’, or Luis Suarez, who is also a great player, but Fernando is also very good, he knows the Spanish League and if he arrives on loan then the club won’t be splashing out in January.”

However Juventus have moved to put an end to the speculation, with director general Beppe Marotta claiming the player simply needs time to settle.

“There is no Llorente problem. Don’t forget that he didn’t play that regularly last season,” Marotta said.

“When we sign a player and hand him a four-year contract, we’re evidently not looking for immediate results in the space of one or two months.

“We believe in him and it is too early to judge.”

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