Real Madrid are stepping up their pursuit of Athletic Bilbao star Fernando Llorente.

AS says Llorente was spotted in conversation with both Real president Florentino Perez and GM Jorge Valdano last week in the lobby of the hotel Torre del Mirador.

It was a chance meeting, but the topic of joining Real was raised informally.

Adding more fuel to the transfer fire was Llorente sitting only one row back from Valdano at a performance by Mariola Cantarero.

Llorente and Valdano also took in a junior tournament together supporting their respective teams last week.

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