It was widely expected that after a successful loan spell with Fiorentina last season, Lucas Torreira would join the Serie A side on a permanent basis.
The two clubs had agreed to a €15m option to purchase at the end of the season, but Fiorentina offered less than half of that to Arsenal, and understandably that was outright rejected.
Any chance of reconciliation or negotiation was put to bed earlier this month when the Uruguay international penned a goodbye to the fans, and since then has been left in limbo with regards to his future.
However, any suggestion he might stay and fight for a place in North London has been shot down, as he made clear his desire to leave stems from being told there was no role for him in Mikel Arteta’s current set-up.
Speaking to local press, Torreira said, “Chances of staying? None.
“From the beginning they told me that I had no place, so my desire is not either to stay since I suffered a lot, it cost me a lot to adapt.”
The Gunners are looking to recoup as much of the €28m spent on him when he joined from Fiorentina in 2018, and he continued, “Any team that wants me has to buy my contract, which today has a value of approximately €15 million.”
The 26 year old has previously expressed a desire to play for Boca Juniors, but given their record transfer remains the £10m paid for Juan Román Riquelme from Villarreal in 2008, it seems very unlikely they’ll come anywhere close to that for Torreira.
It’s a headache Arsenal could have done without, but such are the vagaries of the transfer market, and it remains to be seen where Torreira ends up this summer. It feels like this is one that could drag on late into the window.