When Arsenal loaned Lucas Torreira to Fiorentina last summer, the two clubs agreed a purchase option of €15m to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.
Having been named their player of the month three times in 2022 alone, it’s fair to say that the Uruguayan impressed during his time there, and it was fully expected that he’d join them full-time at the end of the campaign.
However, there appears to be have been a serious spanner in the works, with reports that the Italian side had submitted a low-ball €7m bid for the 26 year old – one which Arsenal naturally rejected.
Last night, any hopes that an agreement could be found were scuppered when Torreira released a statement via his social media accounts, thanking the fans and staff, and making it clear he wanted to stay.
Dear “Tifosi” from ACF Fiorentina. Unfortunately the time has come to say goodbye.
It is with great sadness that my relationship with ACF Fiorentina ends. The club that gave me so much love and support all this time. From the beginning they made me feel at home. I discovered a wonderful city that was always kind to me, both on and off the pitch.
They always showed me affection, respect and for that I will always be grateful.
Thanks to its trust I was able to find the continuity and level I wanted. I owe that to my teammates and all the fans who gave us energy game by game. Know that I always left everything on the field of play for these colours.
Special thanks to all the club staff; cooks, manager, physiotherapist and security. They are the fundamental pieces for the functioning of this institution.
Know that I did my best to continue being part of this club, but unfortunately there were those who, acting in a bad way, according to my understanding, managed to prevent this from happening and that is why I have to leave.
I wish you the best for the future. You will have one more fan cheering from wherever I have to be.
There have been reports of an issue between Torreira’s agent and the club ownership, with public criticism last month of how Fiorentina attempted to change financial aspects of it.
The issue for Arsenal now is that they have another transfer to sort out in an already busy summer. It’s clear the player doesn’t want to be in England, and while you could make an argument he could do a decent job for us if he stayed, we can’t keep allowing players to go for free.
A headache for Edu and his team, for sure.