Tottenham Hotspur could be set to clear a significant amount of money from their wage bill if Fernando Llorente departs the club this summer.
The Spanish international earns around £100,000 a week in North London and is now out of contract following the conclusion of the season (Standard).
Spurs failed to take up their option to extend the striker’s contract by a further twelve months but missed the deadline and should they wish to keep him at the club, they would have to do so under fresh terms.
The 34-year-old proved himself to be a capable understudy when Harry Kane suffered his two respective ankle injuries this season and played an instrumental part during Tottenham’s Champions League knockout stage matches against Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Ajax.
Llorente has previously expressed a desire to play again Spain and return to his former club Atletico Bilbao (Standard) where he scored 111 goals in 327 games between 2005 and 2013.
What Llorente did for Spurs during our European campaign has to be commended, but if the club are to make the next step forward they need to recruit a younger, more mobile player who can provide competition to Kane.
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