According to The Telegraph, Arsenal are open to letting Lucas Torreira leave this summer with AC Milan set to renew their interest.
The Uruguay international was quick to become a fan favourite at the Emirates when he signed from Sampdoria during Sven Mislintat’s short-lived tenure as head scout but he’s struggled to kick on and never really settled in London.
Brought in to add bite and energy in the holding midfield position, the 24-year-old initially did precisely that playing 50 times in his first season.
Torreira lost his place to Matteo Guendouzi at the start of the 2019/20 campaign and that, coupled with the Unai Emery’s fascination with playing him further forward, seemed to knock the player’s confidence.
He looked like he was getting back to his old self when Mikel Arteta took over before a broken ankle forced him to spend the entire lockdown period undertaking rehabilitation.
While he got game time at the end of the season, he found himself behind Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka in the pecking order and mostly featured off the bench.
Under contract until 2023, it looks as though the club have decided they’d rather cash in this summer than protect his value by offering him a new deal at some point next year.
Milan approached the player last summer when his former coach Marco Giampaolo took over. While he’s since left and taken over at Torino – also rumoured to be interested – current Rossoneri coach Stefano Pioli also likes his profile. Fiorentina are also said to be interested.
Were the club to recoup the £26 million fee paid for Torreira in 2018 and also get sizable sums for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who is also seemingly set to exit, and Matteo Guendouzi, it would go some way to making up the cash needed to sign Thomas Partey. The Atletico Madrid player is valued around the €50 million mark.
Arsenal’s other business looks like it’s ticking along. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks likely to sign a deal that will keep him at the club until 2023, Willian is set to sign a three-year deal as a free agent and there’s considerable interest in Lille’s Brazilian defender Gabriel Magãlhaes.