Athletic Bilbao’s president Josu Urrutia has admitted that he can’t keep his top star Fernando Llorente at the club against his own will, but has declared that the Arsenal target will only leave if the buyout clause is met by a club.
Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger will probably be looking to put the money the Gunners will get for Robin Van Persie to work fast, and the buyout clause of £28million could be met by Arsenal if they add just a little to the fee they will get from the sale of the Dutch turncoat to Manchester United.
“If the player does not really want to be at this club, [someone] has to pay his buyout clause,” Urrutia told Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.
Arsenal’s team problems were almost rendered obsolete after the Gunners brought in Giroud, Podolski and Cazorla, but Robin Van Persie’s departure now leaves the French manager with a new set of problems to deal with, especially given the fact that the Gunners were unable to offload a few of their deadwood as Wenger would have liked.
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