Antonio Conte reveals Juventus interest in Fernando Llorente
By Simone Bargellini. Last Updated: January 5, 2013 1:43pm
Fernando Llorente: Could be set for a summer move to Juventus
Juventus boss Antonio Conte admits the club are keen to sign Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente in the summer.
The 27-year-old's contract expires at the end of the season and he can begin discussions with any potential new clubs from this month.
His availability has sparked a flurry of interest from major clubs across Europe, with Serie A frontrunners Juve credited with a long-standing interest.
When asked about any move for the Spain international Conte admitted he was keen to pursue a deal, especially as the striker would not command a transfer fee.
"He [Llorente] did very well at Athletic Bilbao and in the current economic climate if there is a chance to take a great player at no cost, it is right to do it," said the 43-year-old.
"18 months ago Llorente would not even take us into consideration but today, yes, because we have a certain appeal again."