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Manchester City are one of the many clubs in the running to land Fernando Llorente cheaply. January is the last chance for Athletic Bilbao to sell before relinquishing their No. 9 on a Bosman, according to The Metro.
Llorente has been jeered by supporters who once loved him. He has fallen out with management and Marcelo Bielsa, who somehow still has a job even though Bilbao are one of the worst-run teams this season.
That is a major fall from grace after they played Manchester United off the field during last season's UEFA Europa League.
So, Llorente is available, but he seems destined to don the Bianconeri shirt. Football Italia believe Juventus have already begun preliminary contractual negotiations with Llorente.
Plus, do City really need him? No.
Roberto Mancini has to tread carefully with Edin Džeko's feelings, because he is unhappy about not starting every game. Mario Balotelli being Mario Balotelli is a constant soap opera. Also, Carlos Tévez is bound to regress into his me, me, me attitude if his role diminishes. Don't forget about the talented John Guidetti, who is close to full-fitness.
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