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Llorente arrives in Italy ahead of Napoli move

4:34 PM GMT 31/08/2019
Fernando Llorente
The 34-year-old striker will return to Serie A after playing for Juventus between 2013 and 2015

Fernando Llorente has arrived in Italy ahead of a medical with Napoli, with the striker set to sign a two-year deal with Carlo Ancelotti's side. 

Llorente is a free agent after leaving Tottenham at the end of last season and the Spaniard has reportedly been the subject of interest from several clubs, including Manchester United and Fiorentina.

Tottenham were even linked with a move to bring the 34-year-old back to north London, but Llorente is now on the verge of signing with last season's Serie A runners-up.

Llorente will reportedly sign a two-year deal with Napoli worth €2.5 million per season.

The striker was spotted at the airport in Rome on Friday evening wearing a Napoli scarf in a sign that his move to the Partenopei is close to being finalised. 

"I'm happy to come back but it's early and I can't say anything. Let's wait, so I can tell you more," Llorente told Sky Sports. 

"Napoli surprised me, they gave me something important. With Ancelotti I'll talk only about things done. 

When asked about Saturday's game between Juventus and Napoli, Llorente said: "I expect one great game, let's hope my team wins."

The match will pit Llorente's former and future teams, with the striker having played for Juventus between 2013 and 2015. 

Llorente also had a word for Giorgio Chiellini, his former team-mate with Juve who suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament in his right knee on Friday.

"I'm sorry for Chiellini, he's a great friend and no one deserves such a serious injury," Llorente said.

After leaving Juve, Llorente played for Sevilla for one season before joining Swansea City and then Tottenham in the Premier League. 

In 2018-19, his second season with Spurs, Llorente scored 13 goals in all competitions, including important Champions League goals against Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City

Llorente made his name during his time with Athletic Club in Spain, playing nine seasons with the Basque side before he joined Juve. 

He will now try to help Napoli overcome the Bianconeri, who have won eight consecutive Serie A titles.