According to various news outlets, Chelsea and Manchester City are on red alert after Fernando Llorente rebuffed contract negotiations with Athletic Bilbao.

Los Leones' No. 9 is a prized asset and Marcelo Bielsa will be furious should he be let go, but this is one striker worth breaking the bank for.

Llorente has undergone major changes to his game since the Chilean tactician arrived at the San Mames, resulting in a well-rounded style of play while retaining his lethal instinct and aerial threat.

Unique skillset

It's tough to find a player as accomplished as Llorente. His large frame means he's an adept target man, while his skills on the deck leave defenders flabbergasted.

He's adapted well to Bielsa's possession-based style and provides a great link on the front line.

Suits the system

Both Chelsea and Manchester City will utilise a lone striker next season with support from the flanks, and this is the exact system Llorente thrived in last season for Bilbao. 

His physicality is unquestioned, meaning he'd slot into Premier League life with ease. He's big, he's brave

Plan B, anyone?

Chelsea's striking options look limited. Romelu Lukaku has shown his need for a loan move and can't be counted on to turn a game or deputise for Fernando Torres.

City already have Edin Dzeko to turn to, but doubts surrounding his future could prompt Roberto Mancini to replace his target man with an even sounder technician.

Llorente's two goals against Manchester United in last season's Europa League show he can mix it with the best. He's a finisher, a passer and a header of the ball - not many can do it all so well.

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