Lucas Torreira may have been included in Arsenal’s 33-man squad for the tour of the US but his agent says the player has already agreed to join Valencia.
The Uruguay international had wanted to sign for Fiorentina after a successful year on loan with the Italian club but they reneged on the terms of a buyout clause when push came to shove.
Representative Pablo Bentancur has been busy trying to source other options in recent weeks and it seems Gennaro Gattuso, a long-term admirer of the midfielder, could make the Uruguayan one of his first signings at the Mestalla.
The former Italy international tried to sign Torreira for Napoli in 2019 during his short-lived spell in charge.
“We have a pre-agreement with Gattuso for Torreira to play in Valencia,” Bentancur told Uruguayan radio station Sport 890.
“Today there is an important meeting on this issue. Arsenal coach Arteta wants to have him in the pre-season.
“He had great numbers with Arsenal but we have a pre-agreement with Valencia.”
That’s not our translation and we’ve no idea what ‘great numbers’ means but still, it sounds like positive news for Lucas.
Presumably, if an agreement is reached between the two clubs, we’ll allow him to leave the States to complete a move.