Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were all in for former Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente but the Spaniard opted for a move to the Serie A with Juventus.
There are several reasons why Llorente may have been put off of a possible move to the Premier League with each unique to the respective club.
Llorente may have looked at the situation at Arsenal and judged the fact that there was no guarantee that he would start in every game.
Arsenal are blessed with a current trio of strikers; Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud who would all be competing for starting roles in the Arsenal team.
Bear in mind that trio becomes a quartet when Gervinho returns from the Africa Cup of Nations and a quintet when Marouane Chamakh completes his loan spell at West Ham.
His reasons for not joining Liverpool could be the simple fact that he doesn’t believe he’ll win any silverware at Anfield.
There wouldn’t have been much of an issue with his status within the squad as Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez are the only high profile strikers at Liverpool.
The decisive factor for snubbing Liverpool seems to be that the club has no consistent chance of securing Champions League football and virtually no chance of currently winning the Premier League title.
The reason behind ignoring any approach from Spurs is a little confusing because out of the three, Spurs seem like the ideal club for a player of Llorente’s calibre and style.
It could be something to do with the style of football, the possible wages, the fact Emmanuel Adebayor is a similar player. It’s all a bit of a lottery.
Again, it could have been the Champions League and silverware aspect although Tottenham look in the best shape to secure fourth place, which would mean European Cup qualification unless a side like Arsenal finished below them but won the tournament.
It could well have been a cross over reason, something to do with the Premier League itself.
English football remains one of the most physical types of football in the world and Llorente may have felt that his upbringing at Bilbao would be better used with a move to the slower pace of Italian football.
Why do you think Llorente turned down a move to the Premier League?
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