Fernando Llorente finally arrives

Posted by Mina Rzouki

The arrival of Carlos Tevez was described as delirium (Italians love their hyperboles) as over 200 fans awaited the Argentine to step off the plane. Jerseys were sold, forums were filled with discussion and hundreds went to the club's headquarters to catch a glimpse of their next no.10. When it came to Fernando Llorente, 50 or maybe 60 fans showed up to greet him at the airport despite the fact that the 'Lion King', the affectionate nickname bestowed on him by the fans, personifies lo stile Juve.

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Perhaps his football isn't as exciting as the rebellious Argentine's. Tevez, after all, played alongside the stars of the Premier League including Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero, as well as trading passes with Lionel Messi for the national team. At this present time, Llorente is hoping the Old Lady will help him win back his place in Vicente Del Bosque's side, having been restricted to the sidelines these past six months.

However, the Spaniard should not be underestimated. Standing at 6'5", hardly anyone can use their strength and size to their advantage as well as Llorente can on the pitch. Strong in the air and capable of finishing from the tightest angles, as witnessed against Manchester United, the Spaniard's movements in the penalty area and ability to open spaces up for his teammates are just a few of his noteworthy skills.

Thought to be a gentle giant, it's hoped that he won't be so gentle with the Italian defenders who try to stop him. Technical, capable of finishing with both feet and renowned for his intelligence and clear affinity with the ball, defenders struggle to keep him under control. Gerard Pique was once famously quoted as saying, "I really suffer when I play against him. He's strong, he uses his body well, he's quick and he pushes you about. He's a great striker."

Having excited the fans during his time at Bilbao, he has suffered this past season, forced to watch his teammates play without him on the pitch. Arriving in Turin before being presented to the media, his tan was glowing and his smile was radiant -- the dark days of being forgotten on the bench are over.

Demonstrating his ambitions as he spoke of his excitement and desire to help the side win their third successive Scudetto, Llorente has opened the doors to his new home -- to the club that is desperate to see what he is capable of doing on the pitch. Off the pitch, he's always personified the Juve philosophy.

Despite the capture of two important strikers, rumours persist that Juventus are still chasing Stevan Jovetic. Beppe Marotta decided to calm the waters by insisting that they were no longer targeting the Montenegrin. "With the arrival of Llorente and Carlos Tevez we have brought in two fantastic players and feel that we do not need more reinforcements in attack." Continuing his explanation, Marotta explained: "Jovetic? He was an option we went after during the summer, but due to difficult relations with Fiorentina I think at this point we are fine as we are."

It appears few in the Italian media believe Marotta's words. Juventus are in a position where they want to shake off excess pressure. Fiorentina is playing hardball and the Old Lady no longer wishes to oblige. Understanding the Tuscans' desire to bring in Bayern's Mario Gomez, it is evident that the Viola must raise cash for the many transactions they wish to complete. As such, compromises must be made and more realistic offers for their injury prone player must be accepted if they wish to renew the squad and satisfy the forward who is eager for a new challenge.

The idea is that Fiorentina may well accept a bid of 25m euros as reported by Mediaset or, if Juve wait just long enough, the price may be lowered even further if rights to players such as Manolo Gabbiadini or Luca Marrone are included in the deal. At this moment in time, the Bianconeri have all the time in the world to watch and observe. Fiorentina must make a decision as no club has so far accepted to pay the costly price tag of their coveted forward.

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