Arsenal, Tottenham encouraged to bid for Athletic Bilbao's Llorente

Athletic Bilbao are eager for Arsenal and Tottenham to spark an auction for Fernando Llorente.

Bilbao hope to spark a North London Derby as they look to cash in on Llorente.

Robin van Persie’s move to Manchester United and Luka Modric’s imminent switch to Real Madrid will free up funds for Arsenal and Tottenham to attack the transfer market.

Juventus have already opened talks with Athletic for Llorente, but Marca claims Arsenal will now step up their own bid.

Tottenham have also long admired the 6ft 5in centre forward and desperately need to sign a striker.

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