The Italian football press are close to completing Lucas Torreira bingo as they link the Uruguayan with yet another Serie A club.
After AC Milan, Juventus, Napoli, Fiorentina, Napoli, Lazio and Roma, the midfielder is now being tipped (by Sky Sports in Italy) to join former club Sampdoria on a ‘dry’ loan.
Only two weeks ago, the player’s agent, Pablo Bentancur claimed the 26-year-old had an agreement in principle to join Valencia but that, like so many of the other rumours, has gone deathly quiet.
In the meantime, Torreira was selected for Arsenal’s tour of the United States but didn’t feature in any of the matches. He’s currently training at London Colney and is wearing the number 28, his second squad number of the summer having already been shunted from 11 to 35.
Arsenal signed Torreira from Sampdoria for £26 million after he’d impressed during a three-year spell in Genoa. After a bright start for the Gunners, he had a difficult second season and has since been loaned to Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina. The latter were supposed to buy him this summer but killed a deal by trying to renegotiate a pre-agreed buyout clause, agent fees and the player’s salary.
Torreira has one year left on his Arsenal contract so any season-long loan deal would see us wave goodbye to any hopes of recouping a transfer fee. At the same time, his wages would be off the books which wouldn’t be a bad thing.