Bilbao forward Llorente opens talks with Juventus

    Story highlights

    • Juventus open talks with Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente
    • The Spanish striker is out of contract at the San Mames in June
    • Llorente won both 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 with the Spanish national team
    • The 27-year-old international has two goals in 16 appearances this season
    Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has opened talks with Juventus over a move to Italy in June, the Basque club confirmed on Thursday.
    A 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 winner with Spain, Llorente is out of contract in six months time and is now free to discuss terms with clubs outside of his homeland.
    "Juventus informed Athletic Club on January 3 that, knowing Fernando Llorente will end his time at our club on June 30 2013, they will begin negotiations with the player to incorporate him into their squad," read an Athletic statement.
    Llorente impressed as Marcelo Bielsa's team reached the final of last season's Europa League before losing to Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid.