Lucas Torreira spent the season on loan at Fiorentina, but a permanent move to the Serie A outfit is stalling Arsenal’s asking price for the Uruguayan international.
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The midfielder impressed after signing for the Gunners in 2018 but fell out of favor after Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery. He spent last season on loan at Atlético de Madrid before spending last season with A series side of the Florentine.
La Viola is understood to have an option to buy the Uruguayan as part of the deal that saw him loaned out to Italy last summer. But until now, have been unwilling to fork out the £12.5 million It will take time to activate that clause.
Even though the move stalled, Torreira remains interested in moving to Florence permanently. And now he has made it clear to Gunners boss Mikel Arteta that he wants to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer.
“My intention is to stay at Fiorentina. But it will be necessary for the club to find an agreement with Arsenal. I’m perfectly fine in Florence. I’m fine in Italy. It was a very positive year, although we didn’t manage to qualify for the Europa League,” he said. Fan page.
“Maybe, we deserved more, but in the end, when you lose games, it means you didn’t do all you could. Sometimes you have to accept that opponents can be superior. A lot of credit goes to the coach, who made me feel important for the team.
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“Personally, I felt very loved by my teammates and by the fans, and when you have confidence in your media and feel the confidence of the people around you, everything goes well. All these conditions helped me reach the top and reach my record for goals in a season.”
Torreira’s insistence that he is ready to leave the Gunners comes less than two weeks after he saw his shirt number given to Martinelli. The midfielder had kept the number 11 shirt even when he was on loan at Arsenal.
But Martinelli was given next season’s jersey, and Torreira seems to hint that he was unaware of the move. In a sarcastic response about Instagram, the 26-year-old wrote: “What number will I wear next year? Good luck friend @gabriel.martinelli I love you.”
Fiorentina fans have grown increasingly frustrated that their club has not activated the option to buy, displaying a banner calling for chief executive Jor Barone to leave. The clause remains valid until Tuesday, with Torreira’s agent insisting no further moves will be considered until then.
“The margins for Lucas to stay in Florence are very small, even if he is not done yet. The issue between him and Viola is a contractual problem, it doesn’t take much to clarify with Fiorentina and my priority is to reach an agreement with the Viola club,” said Pablo Bentancur.
“For now he doesn’t think about other teams because he was very happy in Florence and he is loved by the fans. The problem is only contractual, the commissions have nothing to do with it”.