Manchester United have again been linked with former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente, and it’s provided some mixed reactions from Reds on social media.
Llorente, 34, is now a free agent after being released by Spurs this summer, and United are now reportedly interested in signing him as a back up to Marcus Rashford.
The report claims that United’s move for Llorente is partly why the proposed transfer of Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan has been delayed.
However, it is believed Sanchez will leave United this summer, regardless of whether an attacking replacement was signed.
Ideally, an attacking signing should have been prioritised when it was known goalscorer Romelu Lukaku would be leaving the club this summer.
Instead, the reported for move for Llorente in the free agent market just smells of desperation, and a last resort for Solskjaer who is light in attacking options.
At 34-years-old, Llorente would only be a short-term solution, and hardly fits Solskjaer’s fluid style of attacking football.
See what some United fans think of the Llorente rumours:
— FPL_Steve 🔰 (@FPL_Steve_) August 22, 2019
U could say llorente will do a better job than Lukaku an Sanchez for what he is brought in for in a 2 year spell #mufc
— Adam MATIC!🔰 (@Adamstott30) August 22, 2019
Dont want Llorente another piece of deadwood to play ahead of Greenwood Gomes ETC
— Jacob.🔴 (@MUFCJacob_) August 22, 2019
I don't know about you, but I would have signed Sturridge on a free knowing Sanchez wants to leave. I'm sure he would have wanted to prove he's still got it. He's injury prone, but can take a risk. Definitely better choice than Llorente!
— Jimi – Majority hardly right! (@jayjimmy_MUFC) August 22, 2019
I'd be okay with Llorente replacing Alexis 🤲🏻
— I have served, I will be of service (@Mikhel_MUFC) August 22, 2019
Man United are signing Fernando llorente on a free transfer. 2 years contract. Wtf is ole smoking? #MUFC
— Clintmeks (@meksclint) August 22, 2019
Sanchez could at the very least play as a false nine flanked by Gomes and Chong (or Greenwood). Llorente is nothing more than a target man. We sold Lukaku and Fellaini because Solskjaer's system doesn't fit a target man! #MUFC
— Pauly Kwestel (@pkwestel) August 22, 2019
I think Manchester United are about 5 years late to the Fernando Llorente party, he’s losing a lot of the attributes that made him so good.
— OddSmart (@OddSmart_) August 22, 2019
We want to sale sanchez and replace him with Llorente
— Martial FC (@AndreMufc7) August 22, 2019