Thursday August 16 2012
Arsenal want Llorente

Juventus could face competition from Arsenal for the signature of Fernando Llorente, according to El Confidencial.

The Gunners lost Robin Van Persie to Manchester United on Wednesday and boss Arsene Wenger is anxious to bring in a ready-made replacement for the Dutch international striker.

Monday August 13 2012
Llorente to leave Athletic

Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has informed the club he will not be signing a new deal and wishes to leave.

Monday August 13 2012
Juventus admit Llorente interest

The saga of Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente’s refusal to sign a new contract has taken a further twist, reports Tuttosport.

Juventus are the latest club to be interested in the Spanish international and the publication quotes director general Beppe Marotta as saying negotiations have already taken place.

“We are negotiating but it is not easy as Athletic do not want to sell,” said Marotta from China, where Juventus beat Napoli 4-2 at the weekend to win the Italian Super Cup.

Monday August 13 2012
Athletic Bilbao 2012-13 preview

Bielsa inspired Bilbao to an entertaining season last campaign. Ally Macleod evaluates their chances for 2012-13.

Having enthralled Europe with their energetic brand of possession play last season Bilbao will be looking to improve on their somewhat disappointing 10th place finish. By reaching the Copa del Rey final, coach Marcelo Bielsa will have another crack at the Europa League where the challenge will be to balance domestic and continental priorities.

Wednesday August 8 2012
Llorente tells Bilbao he wants out

Fernando Llorente has told Athletic Bilbao he wants to leave the club to play Champions League football, reports Euskal Telebista.

The Spanish international has refused to sign a contract extension put on the table by the Basques, resulting in relations between himself and the Athletic hierarchy having cooled over the past few weeks.

Thursday August 2 2012
No Llorente problem says Bielsa

Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelo Bielsa has denied he has a problem with star striker Fernando Llorente.

Wednesday July 4 2012
Athletic in training

After a gruelling 2011-12 season, Athletic Bilbao have begun their 2012-13 pre-season earlier than anyone else, writes Dylan Fahy

Athletic Bilbao became the first Spanish team to begin their preparations for the upcoming season, when their pre-season training camp kicked-off on July 2. Aside from Spanish European Championship winners Javi Martinez and Fernando Llorente, the entire squad assembled at their Lezama headquarters. The Basque outfit will have an eye on their Europa League preliminary round play-off in less than a month.

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