Juventus unable to reach agreement with Sevilla for Llorente

EXCLUSIVE: The Bianconeri want at least €12 million for the Spaniard, who has two years left on his lucrative contract, but the Rojiblancos are only offering half that figure

By Romeo Agresti & Paco Rico

Juventus have been frustrated in their attempts to agree a deal with Sevilla for the departure of striker Fernando Llorente.

The Spain international joined the Bianconeri on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao in 2013 and still has two years to run on his contract with the Old Lady.

However, although Llorente formed a formidable partnership with Carlos Tevez during his first season in Turin, he lost his place in the starting line-up to Alvaro Morata last term.

Although Tevez has departed for Boca Junions, Llorente has fallen further down the pecking order this summer, following the arrivals of Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Simone Zaza.

Consequently, Juve want to cash in on the 30-year-old attacker before the close of the transfer window on August 31.

The Bianconeri have set the asking price at €15 million but would be willing to accept €12m for a player that they are keen to remove from their wage bill, given he is currently earning €4.5m after tax.

Sevilla are interested in bringing Llorente back to Spain but the problem is the fee, with the Rojiblancos reluctant to pay more than €7m for the forward.

The Liga outfit would also require the target man to reduce his wage demands to around €3m per annum in order to make the deal happen.

As a result, the proposed transfer has reached an impasse, with Juve now hoping that other interested parties step forward for Llorente, who has already rejected advances from German and Turkish clubs.