This particular transfer tussle is colourful because of the unique characteristics of the Bilbao Club. The Club is the Sporting cornerstone of the “Basque region & culture”, as FC Barcelona, Athletic has won overtime the hub of the “spirit” of the region, unusual if you consider that the Club originally was founded by Englishmen. With this almighty responsibility, Athletic Club Bilbao has a policy of only having “Basque born or Basque family descended” players. This makes their players a very scare resource & very much prized at the Club which explains how hard it is to leave or be allowed to depart.
Fernando Llorente was born in "Navarra Region" ( adjacent non-Basque region, although claimed by Basque nationalists ) & was adopted in a Football sense by
To keep the player so as to renew his contract with
What is the Clubs official posture to all this? President Urrutia has sentenced a couple of days back:
(1) Athletic does not sell & will not negotiate.
This last point eliminates 98% of the current European Clubs. The much talked about & written offensive by Italian Club JUVENTUS says that they will not pass 20M€. If this is true then they too are eliminated. Plus if
(1) pay a contract release clause of this amount (barring Man City & PSG)
… they are REAL MADRID CF or FC BARCELONA. As Sherlock Holmes said "elementary my dear Watson"
Stay tuned, anything may happen & believe me, anything is anything. Or nothing :O)