Agent of disgruntled Arsenal midfielder confirms his client wants out

Jonny Whitfield

The agent of Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torriera has confirmed that his client would like to return to Serie A only two years after his move to the Premier League.

Torreira joined the Gunners from Sampdoria under the stewardship of former Arsenal boss Unai Emery and he settled well in his first season, playing 34 of his side’s 38 top-flight games.

However, his amount of game time took a hit due to a change of role under Emery in the first part of this season and his agent, Pablo Bentancur, confirmed in November that the midfielder had become frustrated.

Torreira, who was reportedly blocked from leaving Arsenal in the January transfer window, has since been linked with a move back to the Italian top flight, with AC Milan said to be keen.

And, speaking to Todo Mercado Web, Bentancur reiterated that Torreira – who suffered an ankle injury days before the season was brought to a halt – has not changed his mindset.

“He was a bit angry about some technical issues but later recovered,” the agent said.

“The injury came, fortunately less serious than expected. Today he is fully recovered, I think it will be an important man in the next market.

“I will have to talk to Arsenal. The player would like to return to Italy, but it must be admitted that in England they have treated him very well.”


Torreira suffered a fractured ankle in the FA Cup fifth-round win over Portsmouth at the start of March but is expected to be available if the Premier League is given the green light to resume.

The Gunners sat ninth prior to the action being suspended.

In other news, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly considering a move for Olympiacos centre-back Ousseynou Ba.

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