Juventus like Llorente

Marotta offers his thoughts on targets and new deal for Buffon

Fernando Llorente: Has no intention of penning a new deal at Athletic Bilbao

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Juventus would be interested in signing Fernando Llorente in January if the Athletic Bilbao striker remains up for grabs.

The Spain international has decided against penning a contract extension with his current employers, with there a desire on his part to take on a new challenge elsewhere.

It was expected that he would be on the move during the summer transfer window, with there said to be strong interest in his services from England and Italy.

Juve were among those linked with an approach, but no offer was put to Bilbao.

The Serie A champions are, however, planning to keep a close eye on Llorente's situation and could make a move once the window re-opens in the New Year.

Juve chief executive Giuseppe Marotta told Tuttosport: "Llorente to Juventus in January? If he remains on the market then he is a player that we are interested in.

"In January we will evaluate the whole situation."


The Turin giants have also been linked with Napoli striker Edinson Cavani and Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic in the past, but Marotta doubts a deal could be done.

He said: "Who would I choose between Cavani and Jovetic? They would both fit comfortably in our side.

"Unfortunately, Cavani has a €60million (£47.6m) buy-out clause, so he is unreachable."

Meanwhile, Marotta has expressed his belief that Gianluigi Buffon will pen a new deal with Juve, with the World Cup-winning goalkeeper among those to have been linked with a move elsewhere.

He said: "Buffon's contract extension? It is merely a formality. His future is with Juventus."