Juventus confirm that striker Fernando Llorente will sign from Athletic Bilbao
Last Updated: January 24, 2013 3:40pm
Fernando Llorente: Has agreed a four-year contract with Juventus
Juventus have announced that they have reached an agreement for Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente.
The Spain international was expected to make a move to Italy, with Juve having led the hunt for his signature.
There was, however, a period where discussions appeared to go quiet, sparking speculation that Llorente could still be lured to England - with a number of Premier League sides said to be keen.
Discussions with Juve have produced a positive outcome, though, and Llorente is set to link up with the Serie A champions as a free agent when his contract at Bilbao expires in the summer.
"The future of Llorente is black and white," read a statement on Juve's official website.
"The Spain international, who will soon be out of contract at Athletic Bilbao, has signed an agreement that will bind him to Juventus from 1 July 2013. The contract, for a period of four years, will expire 30 June 2017.
"Until the end of this season the striker will continue to play for Athletic Bilbao."