Fernando Llorente’s search for a club is over after officially signing for Napoli.
Llorente at 34 years of age, was without a club after his contract at Tottenham Hotspurs expired.
As we brought you here at Ronaldo.com, negotiations had begun before the weekend.
According to Sky Sports, and Napoli’s social media accounts, he has just been unveiled as a Napoli player.
— AurelioDeLaurentiis (@ADeLaurentiis) September 2, 2019
It is understood, that Llorente was Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti’s back up plan if the Mauro Icardi deal could not be complete.
While there is still talk of a potential deal after Icardi’s relationship with Inter turned sour again after an apparent truce, Ancelotti did not want to take the chance of being short of strikers at the end of the transfer window.
Llorente brings a wealth of experience to any team and was even linked with Manchester United for a while.
Llorente’s experience is at the highest level. He started his career in his native Spain, playing at Athletic Bilbao. At Bilbao he played 327 games, scoring 111 goals and having 36 assists.
This form prompted a move to Juventus, where he made less than a hundred appearances and managed less than 30 goals and only 10 assists.
This form prompted a return to Spain, where he endured a short and somewhat mediocre time at Sevilla.
A player of Llorents imposing physical stature was always going to ply his trade in the tough English Premier Leauge.
He was snapped up by Swansea City. There the Spaniard rediscovered some of his form of old in Wales. Although it was a short stay, he managed 15 goals in 35 games.
After only one year, Swansea was offered triple their money by Spurs, who signed him for 15 million Euros on a two-year deal.
Llorente has managed 63 appearances for Tottenham, and many were from the bench. He scored 13 goals and added 6 assists.
The clubs official website sscnapoli.it stated:
“Napoli are delighted to announce the signing of Spanish forward Fernando Llorente.”
— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) September 2, 2019