Athletic Bilbao has confirmed that Juventus is in negotiations to sign Fernando Llorente when his contract expires with the Basque club.
The Serie A champion has long been linked with a move for the Spain international, who confirmed shortly before the New Year that he would be leaving the Liga outfit in the near future.
Athletic has now confirmed that Llorente is in talks with Juve over a move to the Turin club when his current deal with Marcelo Bielsa's side expires at the end of the current season.
"Juventus football club has contacted Athletic Bilbao on January 3, 2013 to confirm that when Fernando Llorente completes his time with our club on June 30 2013, they will begin negotiations with the player to incorporate him into their squad," a statement on the club's official website read.
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