Arsenal are preparing to offer Lucas Torreira a new contract to keep him out of the clutches of AC Milan, claims a report.
Torreira has been heavily linked with Milan after recently complaining about his new home in London.
The Uruguayan though speaking at the Copa America this week declared he is “happy” at the Gunners, but the club are said to be planning to offer him an improved deal to keep him.
Torreira’s current contract with Arsenal expires in 2023, and according to what has been learned by Calciomercato a new agreement could soon be on the table at The Emirates.
The report claims Unai Emery decided to veto the sale of Torreira, as he considers the Uruguayan a vital part of Arsenal’s future, but new, improved terms are likely for the midfield enforcer which will see his reported £50,000-a-week salary increase.
The fans’ favourite has only been at The Emirates for 11 months after joining from Sampdoria for £26million, but earlier this week he denied there was interest from Milan.
“Nobody from AC Milan has got in touch with me, today I’m in the Premier League and happy to be part of Arsenal,” Torreira said, ahead of Uruguay’s game against Peru.
“It cost me the adaptation, it’s not easy, but I only think about that team.
“I’m happy to be there.”
Calciomercato earlier this week claimed that “in the coming days, the Rossoneri will present their first offer for the player”. The Italian source claim Milan will offer the player a €5million two-year loan with an obligation to buy set at €30million.
Rumours of a departure have gathered pace after Torreira earlier this month revealed he has struggled to come to terms with life in the capital.
“I moved from the Italian championship to a totally different style of football and life,” Torreira told reporters.
“England? I don’t know if there are many things that I like. I think I was doing better in Italy. England is a completely different world, a very large country. It cost me a lot to learn the language to be able to relate with colleagues and people.”