Arsenal are prepared to turn down any offer for Lucas Torreira that might come their way this summer, according to Sky Sports’ Italian sources.
Apparently, the defensive midfielder is a target for AC Milan, who obviously feel that their place is at the very top of European football and are prepared to do whatever it takes to return there.
Like Arsenal, the seven-time Champions League winners failed to qualify for UEFA’s elite competition once more, which has cost club legend Gennaro Gattuso his job as head coach. Marco Giampaolo of Sampdoria is on his way to replace him, and having coached Torreira at the club from which Arsenal signed him last year for £26 million, he is keen on having him in his team once more.
However, Arsenal are also attempting to return to the top and Torreira was obviously an important signing for manager Unai Emery, playing 50 games in all competitions in 2018/19.
The club have already parted ways Petr Cech who has retired from playing, as well as with Danny Welbeck whose contract expires at the end of the month. The same happened with Aaron Ramsey, though under very mysterious circumstances as they suddenly pulled out of the negotiations over a new deal with the Welshman, who said at the time he had believed they were going well.
It is very important for a club that’s going through a transition phase, hoping to mount an upwards trajectory, to keep the players they feel have an important role to play in the team, and the Uruguay international certainly falls in that bracket. He has been one of Emery’s most prominent signings in his first season at the Emirates, and he therefore shouldn’t be going anywhere.
As for Milan, who have already snatched CEO Ivan Gazidis from Arsenal, they are apparently already considering alternative targets with Arsenal’s stance firm.