Fiorentina need to qualify for European competition if they’re going to sign Lucas Torreira, according to a report from Italy.
Repubblica (via Labaro Viola) report that qualification for European competition is a prerequisite for the completion of Lucas Torreira’s permanent transfer to Fiorentina.
Fiorentina will meet with Arsenal in the coming days to define everything relating to a potential transfer, but it looks like we won’t get a final answer until the end of the season.
Particularly in the wake of Dusan Vlahovic’s departure, Fiorentina’s hopes of making it up into the European places are hanging by a thread.
Their most recent defeat to Lazio leaves them three points behind with a game in hand, so it’s still technically in their hands.
But they failed to score in that first game without Vlahovic, which will turn up the pressure on them.
Arsenal agreed a €15m option to buy with Fiorentina at the start of the season, which seems like good value at the moment.
Though Torreira was in trouble with a second yellow card at the weekend, it was a rare low point in an encouraging season for him so far.
All parties would probably be disappointed if Fiorentina failed to make it into Europe and couldn’t complete the deal.
Arsenal would miss out on sorting Torreira’s future early, Fiorentina would lose the player they want, and Torreira would be set for another summer of uncertainty. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.