Lucas Torreira’s father admits he doesn’t know if a move to Boca Juniors is realistic, but he expects his son to leave Arsenal this summer.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Lucas Torreira of Arsenal warms up prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal FC at Selhurst Park on January 11, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Lucas Torreira of Arsenal warms up prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal FC at Selhurst Park on January 11, 2020. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Following the death of his mother due to a Covid-19 infection, Lucas Torreira has repeatedly made it clear that he wants to return to South America and join his boyhood club Boca Juniors.

The issue is that this isn’t necessarily a realistic transfer. It’s not that Boca were desperate to buy him and he’s made himself available, but rather that he’s calling on them to make a move for him.

The player’s father admits the deal isn’t going to be easy. But regardless of whether Torreira has the option to join Boca Juniors this summer, it seems he’s expecting to leave Arsenal for one club or another.

“The arrival of Lucas Torreira to Boca will be quite difficult, there hasn’t been a movement of the situation,” Ricardo Torreira told Show de Boca (via Sport Witness). “I don’t know if Boca are in a position to face what Arsenal will ask for Lucas’ loan.

“Surely, I do not think Lucas will play for Arsenal this year. If it’s not Boca, his destiny will be Italy or France. We are left with the desire, instead of generating joy we generate an inconvenience to Boca’s leadership.”

What Ricardo Torreira means by that is that they’ve put Boca in a tricky situation with their public demands to join the club. It would be nice if he’d acknowledge they’ve also made things significantly more difficult for Arsenal, but I suppose that doesn’t matter to them.

The Gunners will presumably be more than happy to sanction a sale of the midfielder, given it’s what he wants and they were comfortable enough without him to loan him out in the first place. A loan that Torreira was very excited about that has failed through no fault of Arsenal’s.

But it doesn’t help to have the player and his family taking matters into their own hands and alerting everyone to the fact they’re going to force their way out. There’s no real incentive for a club to make a major bid now.

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