Rumours that Fernando Llorente is unhappy with his modest place in the pecking order at Juventus will have Arsenal listening with ears pricked for further news of a player whom they were interested in back in the last mid-season transfer window.
The Gunners were as long as 25/1 for the Premier League after their opening day howler at home to Villa, but they’re now just 8/1 thanks to three convincing wins.
Llorente made his name at Athletic Bilbao, where he scored 118 times in 333 matches for the Basque country club, but after refusing to sign a new contract at San Mames he moved to Juventus on a free transfer this summer.
However since his arrival at Juventus Stadium he has just one 89th minute substitute appearance to his name in competitive action, leading to suggestions he could quit the Bianconeri at the earliest possible opportunity.
The Turin club have been quick to play down the speculation, but the fact that they received bids for the player shortly after he signed for them suggests that there may well be a grain of truth to rumours he is unsettled.
Among his suitors then were Manchester City, who hoped to land him on a loan deal, but the fact that Arsenal are more in need of his services should put them ahead of other English teams should Llorente be amenable to a move to the Premier League.
The 6ft 5in striker has so far failed to surmount Carlos Tevez and Mirko Vucinic in his new manager’s affections at Juve.
At the Emirates Yaya Sanogo and Nicklas Bendtner are rather more mortal understudies to Olivier Giroud and the Spaniard would offer the former Montpellier man some more serious competition for the Gunners’ centre-forward duties.
Should he become available on loan there would be few better short-term reinforcements available to Arsene Wenger than the man Barcelona centre-half Gerard Pique once said makes him “suffer” whenever they meet on the field of battle.