Juventus Sign Fernando Llorente on a Free Transfer

Adrian Agius@@agius2nvAnalyst IJanuary 27, 2013

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA - MAY 08:  Fernando Llorente of Athletic Bilbao gestures during the Athletic Bilbao training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Final between Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao at the National Arena on May 8, 2012 in Bucharest, Romania.  (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
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It would seem that in Turin they have developed a knack for securing the services of players on Bosman transfers. One only has to look at the success of current midfielders Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba to understand just what impact such players have brought to Juventus.

Well, come the end of the season, Juventus will have yet another player to add to that list, with the Bianconeri confirming they have secured the services of Athletic Bilbao forward Fernando Llorente. Whilst talk of Llorente joining the Old Lady had been circulating for some time now, the Juventus websiteย can confirm that come the end of the season, Llorente will ply his trade in Italy:

Juventus can confirm that Spanish international striker Fernando Llorente will join the club on 1 July 2013.

The 27-year-old has agreed terms on a four-year deal and will move to Turin when his Athletic Bilbao contract expires at the end of the current season.

The Spanish International is renowned for his aerial prowess, and with the likes of Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal pulling the strings in the midfield, he should have no problem receiving top-notch service.ย 

The signing of the World Cup winner brings to a close Juventus' hunt for a "big name" striker. Antonio Conte's side boasts the best defence in Italy as well as one of, if not the best midfield in the world. However, it is Juve's presence upfront which has caused some panic, with no particular strike combination seeming to deliver on a constant basis.

Over nine seasons, Llorente has netted 104 times for Bilbao including an impressive 29 goals last campaign alone. This season, however, he has seen a lot more of the bench after he started looking for a way out of Spain.

Although the capture of Llorente proves an excellent addition to Conte's side, Goal.com reports that Juventus are still in the hunt to bring in some fresh firepower before the close of the current transfer window. Juventus are reportedly in the hunt to sign either Nicolas Anelkaย or Lisandro Lopezย on a loan deal before the end of the season.


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