EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Fernando Llorente will leave Tottenham on a free transfer this summer after the deadline to take up the option to extend his contract expired over the weekend, Football Insider can reveal.
The Spanish forward sees his contract at the north London expire next month and, although Spurs had an option to extend his agreement, they did not take it up before it expired on Saturday night.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that the 34-year-old, who has played such a key role in helping Tottenham reach the Champions League against Liverpool, will now leave at the end of June.
Llorente scored the decisive strike in the stunning quarter-final win over Manchester City and he helped turn the game against Ajax in the second leg of their semi-final success.
The ex-Spain international has scored eight goals and supplied five assists from 34 appearances this season, the majority of which have been as a substitute.
A number of clubs at home and abroad are understood to be preparing moves for the former Juventus striker on a free transfer.
Tottenham will now be in the market for striking reinforcements this summer to replace Llorente and find suitable cover and back-up options for Harry Kane.
In other Spurs news, it can be REVEALED that the club have secured a jawdropping £230million windfall.