Arsenal central midfielder Lucas Torreira has told any interested clubs how much it will cost to sign him, following the collapse of his Fiorentina move.
The 26-year-old spent the entire 2021-22 campaign on loan at Fiorentina. He featured 35 times for the Italian club, helping them finish seventh in Serie A and reach the semi-final of the Coppa Italia.
Torreira was hoping to make the loan switch permanent this summer as Arsenal don’t want him. Mikel Arteta can already use Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Albert Sambi Lokonga in central midfield.
His attacking midfield options include Martin Odegaard and new signing Fabio Vieira. Both sets of players effectively give Torreira no chance of getting into the team.
The Uruguayan’s transfer to Fiorentina fell through in May, leaving him in limbo.
Fiorentina have hit out at Arsenal over the failure, while Torreira slammed ‘those acting in a bad way’ for his lack of movement.
Reports in Italy soon claimed Roma to be a potential next destination for the player. But official talks are yet to materialise, putting his future into doubt.
Torreira would like to go back to South America and play for Argentine outfit Boca Juniors. This would help him to live closer to his family.
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However, while putting his transfer value at €15million (£12.98m), Torreira said a transfer would be out of Boca’s reach.
When asked about the South American club, he said (via the Evening Standard): “There is no chance.
“From the beginning they told me that I didn’t have a place, so I don’t want to stay either because I suffered a lot, it cost me a lot to adapt and my idea is to go to Italy or Spain.
“What I wanted was to stay at Fiorentina, but it didn’t happen for various reasons, so we’ll look for a new direction.
“Boca is very difficult. It was difficult after what happened to my mother and I really wanted to go there, then I had a very good season and I have one year left on my contract with Arsenal.
“Any team that wants me has to buy me, which would be around €15m, so that’s why I see it as difficult, although I never lose hope. I feel a lot of love for that club and at some point I would like to play there.”
It’s hard to see where Torreira goes from here. Arsenal have no use for him, and few clubs in South America have the funds to achieve a permanent signing. One potential solution is another loan, although Arsenal would have to pay part of his wages most likely.
And this wouldn’t give the player the long-term solution he desperately craves, or Arsenal the extra transfer funds they want.
Arsenal spent around £26m when capturing Torreira in summer 2018. But the move hasn’t worked out and now both parties want to go their separate ways.
Meanwhile, a Champions League club has begun talks with Arsenal over the signing of Hector Bellerin, as per a report.