Llorente would welcome La Liga return as Sevilla consider bid

Sevilla are thought to be preparing an offer to lure Fernando Llorente back to Spain, a move which would be welcomed by the former Athletic Bilbao ace.

The 30-year-old developed through the youth system of his former club, before making his first team debut in January 2005 in a 1-1 draw with Espanyol. He would go on to make a total of 333 appearances for the Basque club, scoring 118 times, yet glory evaded him and his team-mates twice in the Copa del Rey final and once in the UEFA Europa League final of 2012.

Llorente left his hometown club in the summer of 2013 when his contract expired and Juventus came in with a four-year deal to lure him to Turin. The Spaniard, who has scored seven goals for his country from 23 caps and was a part of their successful World Cup squad in 2010 and European Championship pool two years later, has not been short of silverware whilst in Italy.

He has helped the Bianconeri win the Serie A title in each of his two seasons at the club, and played nine times in their run to the UEFA Champions League final last term. Llorente has racked up a total of 90 appearances for Juve, scoring 27 goals, but despite the departure of Carlos Tevez to Boca Juniors he has another huge battle on his hands to secure regular action next term.

Massimiliano Allegri has paid £22million to take Pablo Dybala from Palermo, and Mario Mandzukic has joined from Atletico Madrid for £13million. And given that Alvaro Morata is expected to lead the line once he has recovered from a recent calf injury which will keep him out of action until September, chances are Llorente will find himself kicking his heels on the bench.

According to reports in ABC de Sevilla, the forward could soon be making a return to Spain. It is believed that Sevilla have already been in touch with Juventus about a possible transfer before the window shuts, and the Italian giants are unlikely to block his path. And although Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are keen, Llorente is said to favour a move to the Europa League holders.

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