Report: Napoli make bid for Lucas Torreira

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According to this morning’s Gazzetta dello Sport, Napoli have submitted an offer to Arsenal for Lucas Torreira.

The Italian side are looking to rebuild following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti, and have identified a defensive midfielder as a key recruit for new boss Gennaro Gattuso.

However, they don’t appear to be that serious about it, as their offer consists of a €3m down-payment for an 18 month loan, with an obligatory €27m final payment at the end of that term.

The newspaper says that Napoli are now awaiting a response from the Gunners. We don’t presume to be completely familiar with the inner workings of Highbury House, and there’s plenty that out football executive committee do that raises eyebrows, but if it’s not something along the lines of the image below we’d be very surprised.

Perhaps this is Napoli just testing the waters, but if Torreira is a player they really want, they’re going to have to do a lot better than that.

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Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

I don’t trust this executive management team to handle this properly.

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi

#SanllehiOut

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles

#everyoneout

Bergkamp2Wright
Bergkamp2Wright

The mess we are in this season is all on the board IMO. The end of last season was an absolute shitshow, Emery probably should have gone then or at the very least they should have seen his stats and had some kind of plan in place to move him on. But no, standard fucking Arsenal, they wait months too long, let him completely destroy this season and next and then don’t have a fucking plan for when they do sack him. Freddie a club legend now being hung out to dry.
The kroenke’s and the incompetent arseholes running the club need fucked off.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

We criticise teams like Chelsea for being trigger happy but there’s no way they would have kept Emery on after that end to the season. We had no contingencies for his departure which shows how badly we’re being run!

AussieGooner
AussieGooner

And so the exodus begins.

To be honest though I am not really sold on him anyway, and he is supposedly unhappy with life in London.

Meh, maybe it is better. 27m in 18 months could well be 2021s installment for Pepe.

OdalGooner
OdalGooner

Realistically, who wouldn’t want to get away from this leak-ridden ship heading into storm after storm. It’s sad.

If you could get a decent job somewhere else, who wouldn’t be tempted. I don’t buy into the “but we’re Arsenal”. We’re not anymore. We could be again, and I hope we will be, but I seriously cannot blame the lads for listening to offers.

Being at Arsenal isn’t what it used to be. And it’s gutwrenching. I hope Freddie gets a little time to rally the troops and make something happen. The players seem happy with him, but what do we really know about what goes on – they’re not going to undermine the new boss from day 1, so ofcourse everyone has been at the “we need to stick together and show unity” meeting that every company has when it’s going downhill and management runs around like headless chickens, struggling to dodge responsibility. 🙁

I don’t want to lose Torreira. But why should he be loyal to a shirt. There’s lots of those out there, and the fans of other clubs are just as proud of theirs as we are of ours.

mjc1892
mjc1892

I loved his start last season, really thought we’d found our own little Kante, but realistically since about this time last year he’s been fairly poor. If we can get something north of £40m with at least £20m up front I’d take it. As you say, he’s clearly not happy here.

Gunnermite
Gunnermite

Unfortunately that’s how low our players are selling themselves to the prospective buyers with the performances they are putting up recently.

The Voice of the Noise
The Voice of the Noise

Wouldn’t be the first time we’ve shipped a player to Italy for way below his value…
But seriously, we need to be looking at bolstering the squad in January, not selling players we desperately need in the XI. We could definitely do with another DM as well.

henry
henry

Offload everyone above 26 and rebuild from scratch.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Remember the british core, all very young?

Mootilated
Mootilated

Italian teams do not pay much for players. Juventus with Ronaldo being the obvious exception. I know their team is mostly built on free transfers and unwanted players from other big clubs

Bergkamp2Wright
Bergkamp2Wright

Fucking Jokers.

Goontang
Goontang

Give us Allan and the 27million up front and we’ll think about it.

Toure Motors
Toure Motors

Make that Allan, a Partridge and a pear tree and we can start the talks

Jack Action
Jack Action

I’d take Allan for Torreira plus cash – 100% C’mon Edu, use your Brazilian contacts to make that happen.

B JACK
B JACK

Throw in Steve as well and now we’re talkin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaPepCVepCg

Dom47
Dom47

I rate him highly, if emery did not use him so badly or not used him at all he would have flourished, it is his second season with us so he would have settled surely.

Now we can worry for many players who could leave – Auba very likely, Laca as well, why should they stay? We’re a mess.

Add potential exit from Xhaka who I don’t rate but is senior, Bellerin might finally have his Barca DNA light up if they push hard enough, so we have a bigger transition project than we wanted to have. Emery made us a much bigger mess than we ought to be right now.

Even Pepe might leave the sinking ship we are right now if a big club comes calling, or Saliba might do the same before kicking the ball for us – Zidane apparently wants him.

Don’t want to be negative at all but this is where we stand right now.

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

Bellerin will stay simply because he hasn’t been convincing enough recently in his performances since the acl tear.

Dom47
Dom47

Agree. But he has time til year end to show he’s back and still those barca cunts could show up to bring one lost son back and then not use him enough then he will go to chelski or sth like that, as cesc did.

Martin Dufosse
Martin Dufosse

He’s shit. Sell him. Can’t defend. Like all the others. Haven’t got a defender at the club. Rip it up. Start again.

Deano

I’m surprised it has taken this long. If we don’t have a new management structure in place soon I can see a few ‘unsettled’ players being inquired about.

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

We can do a 1.8 month loan followed by a 72mil pound deal.

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

This is a player who has marked messi out of games but unfortunately does not have the physique to challenge the enforcers for goal kicks. Really wanted him to be our Mascherano.

SantaClausola
SantaClausola

I mentioned this in the summer that I was actually for selling him then with the rumours He was unhappy and we could get some decent profit. He is the type of player we need (Def Mid) but he isn’t the player we need.

We should really still get profit from selling him but there’s no point selling him if a replacement is not brought in immediately. We need someone strong, taller than LT would be ideal, that wins tackles and offloads the ball. We have needed that for years but instead of buying a ready made class player of that calibre, we have spent it on cheaper players that we hoped would progress which has actually cost us more in the long run.

SantaClausola
SantaClausola

PS – this offer is crap

Karl
Karl

Bring back Sven and sack the rest.

Mintoes
Mintoes

Lol…Sven brought him to the club …

Comedian
Comedian

Hahaha…not gonna happen.
Hope the club hierachies realise this when they receive such bids, how the outside world would see Arsenal as. Maybe they are bidding with a reason that 27 million is good enough bid for player playing in a tram who are 7 points of relegation battle after 17 games.
But seriously fuck off Napoli…

Monkey Knees
Monkey Knees

Kola, sokratis, luiz, xhaka, torreira, ozil, auba, laca… All go. Work around hungry younger players and start work on getting solid defs/mids/atts… If positive changes are seen to be being made, a la Liverpool when klopp first came in (they were as horrid as we are!), fans will get behind the team, the board and Arsenal FC as a whole.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

He’s not happy in London and in this team, Napoli have Allan and Koulibally who would obviously improve us, maybe we can throw in Xhaka/Mustafi and do a deal?

Mintoes
Mintoes

Xhaka and mustafi in a deal for who? The Napoli janitor and/or tea lady?

Moxrex
Moxrex

If he wants to leave, let him leave but for reasonable sum upfront. Use the funds to buy someone who can play CM with better positioning. Xhaka maybe the only one who is able to stay in position (maybe due to lack of pace). Rest of the lot don’t have understanding of the term positioning.
It is the failure of our defensive coaching that our players are getting worse every week.

Get David Dein back in the board…!! He is available and still is well connected in football world.
Victoria Concordia Crescit – victory comes from harmony

Santori
Santori

It isn’t exactly like we have been leaking less goals without Granit and with Torreira.

We are all over the shop in midfield but the forward line do not do anywhere near enough off ball work either exposing the central mids when they have to shift wide to help cover fullbacks because Pepe is too busy protesting his latest failed take on or Ozil and Auba are ambling back to help.

Santori
Santori

I’d be keeping an eye at Emre can surplus to Juventus.

PL experience, lost his way in Italy but still 25yrs, plenty of energy may perhaps light a fire under Ozil a little.

Also whilst this was not a problem for Santi, Torreira’s height is a bit of a shortcoming.

Can is 6feet and will help protect the cbacks (particuarly with set pieces but also balls over the top lobbed in) where Torreira for most parts is useless.

Santori
Santori

I don’t think our midfield is anymore water tight with or without Torreira any much more than it has been more leaky with Granit.

We simply have not addressed what we needed in midfield last summer.

Too many fans have been too easily fooled by Sanlehi doshing out 72m for frankly thus far half a season in, a big flop in Pepe and another 27m for the existential capability of Saliba,

We could have with the 27m on Saliba and 7m on panic buy Sideshowbob had invested the 34m plus in Soyoncu.

Cebellos we brought in to much fanfare but neither he nor Torreira are Santi carzola (even when combined)

Rather Cebellos (Still a temporary fix) is a Ramsey replacement at best.

Which leaves deep midfield (and protection in front of the also unaddressed buffet of less than desirable choice of Cbacks), still an issue.

Guendouzi is still a very young player learning his craft (as is Willock). So we are reliant on less than perfect Torreira or Granit who are not DMs.

IMO in the coming window we should be exploring the possibility of maybe getting Emre Can over from Juventus. He is under utilised and lost his way a bit but at 25yrs still a decent enough asset to cover should say granit or Torreira want to leave.

I’m not entirely convinced by Saliba but if we still think he is doing yeonman’s work at St Etienne, maybe since we have doshed out the sum as is, we should find a way to get him in early as another option at very least for whoever the new gaffer is.

Then any of Sideshowbob, Mustafi, Mavropanos Chambers can frankly be sold or if not put out on loan.

As I mentioned before, the whole problem started with Mslintat first buying at convenience to his old contacts with Mhkitaryan, Sokratis rather than getting real solutions but Sanlehi (who has consolidated power with the appointment of the pliable and inexperienced Edu) now runs the roost.

He was “director of Footballing relations” at Barca which is to me a political position rather than anyone who actually has full experience in market.

At very least he executed last summer with some imagination rather than Mslintat but he has gone for as mentioned wow factor instead of getting practical solutions in.

Had the board had any balls, they would have gotten rid of BOTH Mslintat and Sanlehi last January, appointed Luis Campos (now at Lille OSC) and given Unai a fighting chance for his second season.

Obama Young

I will top their offer! My bid is 31 million! Paid out one Euro per year for 31 million years.