MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 25: Fernando Llorente of Athletic Bilbao reacts during the Copa del Rey Final between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona at Vicente Calderon Stadium on May 25, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Fernando Llorente doesn't plan on renewing his contract with Athletic Bilbao, which means that the Basque club is likely to attempt to get as much money for him as possible, as opposed to letting their star striker walk on a free. He's been rumored to be available for a cut-rate price, but Athletic president Josu Urrutia is standing his ground and is refuting those claims.
According to a story from ESPN, who has direct quotes from Urrutia, Llorente will not be allowed to leave San Mames for less than his asking price. That asking price? €36m, or £28.3 million.
Here's a bunch of what Urrutia had to say about Llorente's decision not to renew his contract and the club's position on selling him.
"He told us after the European Championship he was going to give us a final answer. Then ten days ago I received a call from his agents who told me the main reason he wanted to leave was success in challenging for trophies. I let them know my disappointment but was told the decision was final ... We are not talking to any other club because Athletic is not a selling club. For him to leave Athletic, the player must not want to be with us and other clubs who want him must pay the amount of the release clause in his contract."
My question to you, Cartilage Free Captain commenters who are oh so desperate for a quality striker: Is he worth it? Obviously this becomes irrelevant if a club with Champions League football and £100k/wk to pay Llorente comes calling, but to our knowledge, that hasn't happened yet. If £28m and £70k/wk gets the deal done, should Spurs sign Fernando Llorente, or is that too big of a financial risk?
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