Llorente after Arsenal loan, as Gunners admire Lewandowski
Juventus striker linked with short-term switch, but Dortmund striker made an impressive case at the Emirates
YESTERDAY the encouraging noises came from French star Karim Benzema, but today Arsenal's search for a striker has been given a fillip by Juventus ace Fernando Llorente.
The Gunners noted the Spanish forward's lack of game time earlier this month. Now, their enquiries have been met with encouragement from the player's representatives, claims The Mirror.
The paper believes Llorente's agents are concerned that he has fallen down the Juve pecking order behind Carlos Tevez and Mirko Vucinic and could miss out on a place in the Spanish World Cup squad. A loan move is the most likely result.
However, the player appears less concerned. In an extensive interview with Spanish paper AS he claimed he was "not stressed" about his World Cup prospects, as the tournament is still a long way off. However, that has not stopped the rumours, and yesterday Bleacher Report described the 28-year-old as "irrelevant" to Juventus and Spain.
Perhaps a loan move to the Gunners would change that.
Talking of Juve, they will turn their attentions to signing Fulham's Pajtim Kasami, after he scored a Van Basten-esque wonder goal against Crystal Palace on Monday. Almost immediately after his shot flew in, it "emerged" that Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici is a huge fan of Kasami, according to The Sun at least.
Meanwhile, the chase for Robert Lewandowski is hotting up, according to Goal.com. Last night he downed the Gunners at The Emirates but Arsenal remain in close competition with Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Manchester United for his signature.
The website claims the three English clubs have all made contact with Lewandowski's people, which apparently represents a newsworthy development in this saga. Lewandowski is, lest we forget, out of contract at the end of the season and expected to sign for Bayern.
If Chelsea miss out on the Polish star, they will turn their attentions to former Liverpool target Diego Costa. Jose Mourinho is very keen on the Brazil striker but Atletico Madrid will demand £35m, which might put Chelsea off, according to The Mirror.
The news pages elsewhere are dominated by Sir Alex Ferguson and players he did not sign (Paolo Maldini, Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Mesut Ozil to name but four) but one that he sign did is going nowhere, according to David Moyes.
Talking about a possible exit for Javier Hernandez, Moyes declared: "It is not a question for now," in the pages of Metro. "He will play a lot of games before the end of the season."
That will disappoint Tottenham, who are still keen on the striker despite signing Roberto Soldado for £26m in the summer. Atletico Madrid are also believed to be interested.
Finally, Arsenal have finally signed a keeper. After spending most of the summer courting pretty much every shotstopper in Europe and failing to sign any of them, Arsene Wenger has now brought a new gloveman on board. However, it's unlikely that 18-year-old Matt Macey will be challenging Wojciech Szczesny for the first team gloves any time soon.
The teenager who has arrived from Bristol Rovers, where he had delayed signing a new contract, appeared for the U-21s while on trial at the Emirates, but will be a long way down the goalkeeping pecking order. However, Metro notes that his future could be bright, and that he was wanted by several Championship clubs as well as Everton. ·