Napoli reel in free agent Fernando Llorente
Fernando Llorente has moved back to Italy, signing for Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli after parting ways with Tottenham at the end of last season.
Napoli have sealed the signing of Fernando Llorente who joins on a free contract. The former Juventus striker returns to Italy following the expiry of his contract with Tottenham.
Llorente, 34, spent two seasons in north London, scoring two Premier League goals and three in the Champions League, including the controversial effort which earned Spurs a semi-final triumph over Manchester City in April.
After two wonderful seasons, today I say goodbye to Tottenham. It was a pleasure to wear this shirt and wherever I go there will be always a space in my heart for Tottenham and for their fans. I wish you all the best for this season and for the future! Thanks. #COYS💙 pic.twitter.com/M2ox8SYpUy— Fernando Llorente (@llorentefer19) September 2, 2019
The former Athletic Club, Sevilla and Swansea City centre-forward previously scored 16 times in a title-winning Serie A campaign for Juve. Napoli have not confirmed the length of the deal, but reports in Italy indicate it is for two years.
Llorente's move to Stadio San Paolo could herald the end of the club's reported interest in Inter star Mauro Icardi, who has been told he can leave. Carlo Ancelotti's men have scored eight goals in their two matches this term but lost 4-3 to defending champions Juve in their final outing before the international break, Kalidou Koulibaly's late own goal settling Saturday's thriller.
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