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.