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Marseille reportedly rejected Fernando Llorente on loan

Not even L’OM wanted to hear the drums.

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Oh, so you think that just because the English transfer window is closed that we’re done with transfer rumors? Buddy, I’ve got some news for you. Because the windows for most other European leagues are open until the end of August, we’ve got a couple of WEEKS more of rumors connecting Tottenham Hotspur players to other clubs on the continent. That’s half a month of existential angst and lingering dread that some big club might try and make a move for Christian Eriksen or Harry Kane.

But that’s not what this rumor is about. According to France Football, Tottenham Hotspur tried to offload Fernando Llorente recently before the close of the English window, offering him on loan to Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille. They said no.

The idea is, I guess, that Llorente knows that he’s not going to get much playing time in the league this season and was willing to go to a club that would actually play him. That club clearly wasn’t L’OM as they decided not to pursue the deal past the inquiry stage.

Since Spurs won’t be getting any players in to replace him and Son Heung-Min is off at the Asian Games, it seems unlikely that they’ll try again to ship Llorente off before the end of the month (unless they get a truly great offer from some other club) and he could be around until at least January. More likely are transfers or loans for players like Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, and I expect Spurs to find homes for them somewhere before the end of the month.