Lucas Torreira’s agent has hinted the Uruguay international could look to leave Arsenal this summer with his preference being a return to Italy.
Despite a solid first year at the Emirates, the 24-year-old was said to be interested in a move to AC Milan last summer when his old Sampdoria boss, Marco Giampaolo, took over as head coach.
Torreira found game time much harder to come by in the first half of the current campaign with Unai Emery claiming the midfielder was not disciplined enough to play in a holding position. It pissed him off.
Mikel Arteta was quick to rectify the situation when he took over in December and our diminutive terrier looked to be getting back to his best before injury struck.
Torreira was due to miss the rest of the season with a fractured ankle but the coronavirus situation has given him time to recover and he should be available if things resume in June.
Whether he’ll still be a Gunner come next season remains to be seen; his agent isn’t so sure he will be.
“Lucas had some differences with his coach and was a bit annoyed about it, but then he bounced back,” representative Pablo Bentancur told Tuttomercatoweb.
“The injury came after that, but luckily it’s not as serious as we feared it would be. Now he’s completely recovered and I think he’ll be a wanted man in the transfer market.
“I still have to talk to Arsenal. The player would love to return to Italy, although it must be acknowledged that Arsenal have treated him very well.”
Obviously, given the circumstances, it’s very difficult to predict what will happen in the transfer market. We suspect Mikel Arteta won’t want to let Torreira leave but, at the same time, he’s hinted he’s not really in the mood to keep those who don’t want to be at the club. We’ll see how things shake out.