Lucas Torreira has said his farewells to Fiorentina, whilst sharing his disappointment at those who prevented his move from becoming permanent.
After much speculation over the last month, Lucas Torreira has seemingly confirmed he won’t be joining Fiorentina this summer 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.
Fiorentina eventually submitted an offer of just €7-8m, half of their initial agreement.
Arsenal reportedly refused to even respond to the rather outrageous attempt to slash the price of Fiorentina’s best player in 2022 – at least according to the fans that voted him Player of the Month three times from January to May.
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.
For the time being, it looks as if a disgruntled Torreira will be returning to Arsenal. Though not until he finishes an extended holiday, following his international participation with Uruguay over the current break.