The ever-evolving duel for which of Juventus' fourth- or fifth-choice strikers will actually be leaving Turin this summer has swung back to the "Fernando Llorente is heading back to Spain" camp.
According to reports out of both Italy and Spain early Wednesday, Llorente is set to return to his homeland after Juventus and Sevilla agreed to a deal for the 30-year-old striker worth a reported €10 million transfer fee. If the reports are indeed true and Llorente does head out — on loan or on a permanent transfer — this summer, it will cap off a long-winded couple of months that has seen a handful of teams try and sign Llorente, but saw nothing ultimately materialize.
Well, until now, of course.
Llorente's transfer to Sevilla is almost a done deal. Mauricio Isla could also join Sevilla, according to @romeoagresti.— Khaled Al Nouss (@KhaledAlNouss) August 26, 2015
And there's also this:
Fernando Llorente and Juventus are set to go their separate ways as Spanish side Sevilla close in on confirming the strikers move to Southern Spain. It is not clear at the moment whether the player will arrive on loan initially but this is thought to be Sevilla's preferred option. Llorente looks to be returning to Spain in the very near future.
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
The other end of the equation is that with Llorente potentially leaving Turin is that another striker who in his own right has been rumored to be departing, Simone Zaza, likely won't be going to West Ham. Or at least you would thin that's the case despite the fact Juventus and West Ham reportedly agreed to a loan deal to bring Zaza to England on loan with an option to buy.
And in the last few days, anything when it came to which Juventus striker would stay around for the recently-started Serie A season seemed anything but certain. First it looked like Llorente would go, then the Zaza rumors popped up out of the blue following Juventus' loss to Udinese on Sunday, and now we're back to Llorente heading back to Spain.
Aren't transfer rumors fun? Yeah, they are. Except when some of them means we don't get to sing Abba around here anymore. "Can you hear the drums, Fernando........"