Lucas Torreira is still pushing for a move to Italy, despite the recent confirmation he won’t be completing a permanent transfer to Fiorentina.
The Evening Standard report that Lucas 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. His agents are now expected to sound out interest from various Serie A clubs.
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, and neither Arsenal nor the player were happy with that development.
Previous reports suggest there are other clubs in the mix for the midfielder.
TMW have reported that Lazio made contact to try and steal ahead of Fiorentina for Torreira. La Nazione added that there are at least a couple of proposals to sign Torreira from Italian teams, as well as an offer from Valencia.