After struggling for regular minutes at Tottenham Hotspur this season, Fernando Llorente has repeatedly expressed his desire to rejoin Athletic Club Bilbao in the winter market.
Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo takes a look at several factors for the Basque club to do transfer business with the north London club for their striker. To start with the story has a headline ‘Llorente: risk operation’.
Gaizka Garitano has seen his side manage to score only 15 goals in 15 matches this season, which is why they are sitting in the relegation zone as their main forward Aritz Aduriz has managed only one goal this term.
If Llorente returns to his former club, then the attacker has to take a pay cut because Athletico will not be able to pay him the same salary that he is earning with the English club.
Aduriz and Raul Garcia are the other two attackers and if the north London club’s player is incorporated in Bilbao’s XI, it could be headache.
The Spaniard will turn 34 next February and his age could be another major factor for his former employer to make an approach for him in January.
Mundo points out that if Athletic sign Llorente and he ends up struggling, the the situation could turn into something of a mess. This is why the report mentions, without a doubt, it’s a ‘risk operation’.
It’s long been seen as a nice idea, and it would be if everything worked out, but there’s clearly some doubt creeping in.