Lucas Torreira’s desire to quit Arsenal and link-up again with Marco Giampaolo at AC Milan has been “wildly exaggerated”.
That is according to a report from the Daily Telegraph – which will come as music to the ears of Gunners fans, who have taken the midfielder to their hearts since his arrival in January.
The tabloid claim that the Uruguay enforcer “is not agitating to leave the club” and the idea that he is desperately pushing for a move has “been wildly exaggerated”.
That said the 23-year-old is still understood to be at the top of new AC Milan boss Giampaolo’s wanted list.
The newly-recruited former Sampdoria coach was a fan of Torreira during their time together at the Serie A club and is understood to keen on being reunited with the tough-tackling Arsenal man.
Sportitalia claimed earlier this week that Torreira told the Gunners that he was not content at The Emirates and wanted to be sold – with Milan his preferred destination.
The Rossoneri have reportedly made a two-year loan bid worth up to €8million, which includes a €38million right-to-buy option to be paid in a single installment.
Arsenal have not accepted the offer, but Sky Sport in Italy report that an agreement has been reached with the player’s agent.
The player though, is not as eager to move as press reports have indicated and suggestions that he is looking to move because he has struggled to cope with the English weather were described in the paper, via a source, as “nonsense”.
“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.
“It becomes very difficult if you can’t have dialogue. And then, there is time. You go out in the morning and it is cloudy, you come home in the afternoon and it is cloudy. The sun is a bit strange in these parts, we are not from here and we are used to always, or almost always, the sun. Over the years I will adapt.”