By Romeo Agresti
Juventus are set to make a renewed bid of €7 million (£5.7m) for Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente, Goal.com can reveal.
The Bianconeri have long been linked with the Spain international as they desperately seek to add a proven goalscorer to their ranks, particularly following the injury to Nicklas Bendtner, and had a previous bid of €4m (£3.3m) rejected by the Basque club.
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While Marotta is confident that such an offer would be enough to sign the player in January, he believes Llorente will likely sign on a free transfer for the Serie A leaders when his contract expires at the end of the season. Such an agreement could be reached in February, should the latest bid be met with a further refusal from the Liga outfit.
Juventus have been linked with a host of strikers in recent months as they seek to bolster their forward line. As Goal.com exclusively revealed earlier this month, Antonio Conte's men contacted Borussia Dortmund over the availability of Robert Lewandowski, while rumours linking them with a move for Didier Drogba still linger despite the club ruling out a bid.
The Scudetto champions are also considering the prospect of recalling Manolo Gabbiadini from his loan spell with Bologna, although Conte is thought to be keen for the 21-year-old to continue his development away from Turin.