Lucas Torreira’s entourage have made contact with Lazio and AS Roma in Serie A, according to reports from the country.
Alfredo Pedulla reports that Lucas Torreira is looking for a new club following Fiorentina’s failure to secure a permanent transfer for him. The player has a year left on his contract with Arsenal, but he’d like to stay in Italy.
Torreira has reportedly been offered to Lazio in recent hours, following links between the player and Maurizio Sarri last summer.
Sarri is a great admirer of Torreira, but there was no room for negotiation last time around. With Fiorentina out of the picture, this year could be different.
Meanwhile, RomaForever.it report that the player’s camp has also made contact with AS Roma over a potential move.
The Evening Standard claim that Torreira is still set to leave Arsenal this summer, and though it seems he won’t be joining Fiorentina, a move to Serie A remains his preference.
Arsenal are ready to cash in on the midfielder, who has always felt more settled in Italy than England.
After much speculation over the last month, Torreira seemingly confirmed this week that he won’t be joining Fiorentina, with a farewell message on social media.
As well as all the usual messages of gratitude for his time at the club, Torreira also had a message for the people that stopped his loan from turning into a permanent transfer.
“Know that I did my best to continue being part of this club, but unfortunately there were those who, acting in a bad way, according to my understanding, managed to prevent this from happening and that is why I have to leave,” Torreira said.
Presumably, this is a reference to members of the Fiorentina hierarchy.
If they wanted to sign Torreira, they had already agreed to a €15m option in his contract to do so. All they had to do was activate the option and Arsenal could do nothing to stop the transfer.
But Torreira’s agent confirmed last month that Fiorentina tried to negotiate the price down, and negotiate his wages down. Neither Arsenal nor the player were happy with that development.