Fernando Llorente join Napoli on a free transfer
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 Fernando Llorente join Napoli on a free transfer

Spanish striker Fernando Llorente has joined Serie A giants Napoli SC on a free transfer the club has confirmed.

Llorente was a free player after leaving Tottenham Hotspurs at the end of last season and was linked with a move to Man United and a series of clubs in Europe.

But on Monday Napoli confirmed the signing in a statement: “Napoli are delighted to announce the signing of Spanish forward Fernando Llorente,” the statement noted.

“The striker was a free agent after being released by Tottenham Hotspur at the end of last season.”

Born in Pamplona on 26 February 1985, Llorente made his professional debut for Athletic Bilbao, announcing himself with a hat-trick against Lanzarote in the Copa del Rey. Llorente went on to make over 320 appearances for Bilbao, scoring more than 100 goals in all competitions.

Joined Juventus

The Spaniard joined Juventus in January 2013, winning two Scudetto titles over the course of his two-year stay in Turin.

Llorente then returned to Spain with Sevilla, where he won the Europa League in the 2015/16 season.

A move to Premier League side Swansea City followed for Llorente, who scored 15 goals in 35 league appearances to earn himself a move to Tottenham Hotspur and was part of the Spurs squad that reached the final of the Champions League last season, scoring the winner to knock out Manchester City in the quarter-finals.

Llorente has made 24 appearances for the Spanish national team. He won the 2009 Conderations Cup, the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship.