Arsenal Interest in Juventus Striker Fernando Llorente Intensifies

Aaron Bower@@aaronbowerFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2013

FLORENCE, ITALY - OCTOBER 20: Fernando Llorente of Juventus in action during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Juventus at Stadio Artemio Franchi on October 20, 2013 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
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Arsenal are reported to have stepped up their hunt for a new striker in the January transfer window by intensifying their interest in frustrated Juventus striker Fernando Llorente.

Bleacher Report told you last month how the Gunners had expressed an interest in the Spanish international as they look for more striking options. Now, Arsenal are believed to have contacted the Italian giants about a loan move, writes Jack De Menezes of The Independent:

Arsenal could look to strengthen their attack in the January window with a loan-move for Juventus striker Fernando Llorente in an effort to maintain their Premier League title assault for the remainder of the season.

Reports are suggesting that the Gunners have already begun talks with the Italian league champions Juventus over a loan for the Spaniard..

A swoop for Llorente would send a huge message out that Arsenal are intent on remaining at the top of the Premier League after such a strong start. With Nicklas Bendtner again disappointing so far this campaign and the unproven Yaya Sanogo not yet breaking into the first team, a striker is high on Arsene Wenger's shopping list in January.

So far, Olivier Giroud has carried the responsibility of being Arsenal's only serious striker excellently. Five goals in 10 appearances in the Premier League is a good return from the 27-year-old—but the recruitment of somebody of the calibre of Llorente is a must if injury or suspension befalls the Frenchman.

With a World Cup around the corner next year, Llorente's frustrations will be heightened by the fear he could miss out on the trip with reigning champions Spain. With Carlos Tevez and Fabio Quagliarella in front of the Spanish international, a loan move out of Turin in January looks ever more likely.

After failed moves for the likes of Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain in the previous transfer window, a top striker is believed to be one of the final pieces of the jigsaw to complete an Arsenal side who have impressed this season.

The recruitment of Llorente in a loan deal would no doubt prove to be another masterstroke from Wenger in the transfer market. It is a deal that would seem to suit all parties, allowing Juventus to clear their decks, Llorente to play regular football and Arsenal to solve their striking dilemma.