Arsenal linked with big-money moves for Llorente and De Jong

Arsenal are lining up lining up a sensational double swoop for Fernando Llorente and Nigel de Jong, according to reports today.

Manager Arsene Wenger is looking to add to his squad this summer and has already snapped up German striker Lukas Podolski for £10.9m.

The Daily Mail report that Wenger has identified Athletic Bilbao hitman Fernando Llorente as a potential signing, but any move will depend on the future of Robin van Persie, who’s stalling on signing a new contract.

Llorente has one year left on his contract but Arsenal would have to fork out a fee in the region of £28m, which is the buy-out amount inserted into his deal.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed a stunning year with Bilbao, where he scored 29 goals in 53 appearances in all competitions, and helped the club reach the final of the Europa League as well as the Copa del Rey.

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The Mail also claim that Wenger is considering a move for Man City midfielder Nigel De Jong, after talks with Rennes over Yann M’Vila hit the buffers.

The French side are demanding a fee in excess of £17m, which would represent a record fee for the Gunners, but Wenger is reluctant to outlay such a figure on a defensive midfielder.

This has lead to the Gunners looking for alternatives and De Jong has been identified as a possible target. The Dutchman struggled for playing time at the Etihad last season and could be offered a fresh challenge at the Emirates if Wenger fails to land M’Vila.

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