Llorente’s father and agent had recently spoken about the striker not wanting to sign a new contract with Tottenham at the end of this season. It was also revealed that Napoli was a destination that was liked by the agent but no deal was in place to take the striker to Italy.
The former Swansea man joined us at the start of last season and was expected to provide cover for Harry Kane. While Llorente did play 31 games for us, he only started 10 in all competitions and his goal return was just 5.
Selling Llorente would not be a bad move given that he is 33 and only has another year left on his contract. Daniel Levy might want to make some money from the player rather than let him leave for free and the Spaniard did look a little out of place at Tottenham last season.
However, any deal to take him away should only be considered when we find a backup for Kane. The Englishman would be returning from an exhausting World Cup and with the Premier League less than a month away, we might need to rotate and rest Kane a little more than usual.
For Llorente, moving to China would certainly give him more starts and a decent wage packet too. Losing him wouldn’t hurt us a lot and the only thing we can gain from this deal would be some cash to spend on other players.