Reports have recently emerged linking Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira with a move to AC Milan this summer, and the latest statements by both the player and his agent haven’t been exactly encouraging.
The Rossoneri have confirmed the appointment of Marco Giampaolo to replace club legend Gennaro Gattuso as head coach today (Wednesday). The 51-year-old was in charge at Sampdoria for three years, and he was the one to put faith in Torreira as the defensive midfielder returned from a loan spell with Pescara in 2016. He is now apparently keen on a reunion with the Uruguay international.
Arsenal are reportedly set on refusing any kind of offer for Torreira, who only arrived at the Emirates a year ago for £26 million. However, Italian outlet CalcioMercato claim that the agent representing him, Pablo Bentacurt, told them that even though he wasn’t approached by anyone regarding a potential transfer back to Serie A, such a move would be “special” for his client.
Torreira himself also dropped a heavy hint in that direction while being away with his national team last week. Apparently, the player “doesn’t know if there are many things he enjoys in England”, as relayed by Uruguayan outlet Ovacion. He mentioned the English weather as one of the aspects he doesn’t like about his life at the moment, adding that he preferred Italy.
The language is another problem for him, as he revealed. He finds it very hard to relate to his teammates and others around him, not being capable of a proper dialogue.
Arsenal’s initial response to the rumour was 100% the right one, but if Torreira truly wants to move to Milan, they could be left without a leg to stand on in their efforts to keep him in north London.
However, setting a high price for his services could serve as a weapon to fend the Italians off for a while. Having made 50 appearances in all competitions in his first season at the club, his market value has arguably doubled since Arsenal signed him last summer, and his contract doesn’t expire before 2023.
But should Milan be prepared to pay up, the Gunners may well be forced to say goodbye to one of the more important players in the team, one that was seen as a big piece of the puzzle for the next few years.