There has been plenty of speculation surrounding the future of Lucas Torreira recently. The defensive midfielder is reportedly of strong interest to AC Milan, and former Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis, now doing the same job for Milan, is looking to put Torreira together with Marco Giampaolo once more. Giampaolo, who worked with Torreira at Sampdoria, has replaced Gennaro Gattuso as the Rossoneri head coach and keen on the idea himself.
The Copa America has been really entertaining to follow and watch over the course of the last few matchdays, to the point where we’re finding ourselves getting into it more and more with each and every passing game. Of course, even with that being the case, the only real emotional attachment we can have is with an Arsenal player or two – which is where Lucas Torreira comes into the mix.
AC Milan seem to have their sights properly set on signing Lucas Torreira from Arsenal. It has been no secret that their new manager, Marco Giampaolo, would love to be reunited with the player he used to coach at Sampdoria, and Milan are determined to do their best to try and fulfill his wish.
For their part, Arsenal are reluctant to part ways with their £26 million investment, and understandably so, given that he was among the first and most prominent signings under manager Unai Emery. Therefore, if any club are going to even hope to prize Torreira away from the Emirates, they must be prepared to fork out a hefty sum.
The summer transfer window is well and truly underway, and clubs and players around the world are looking to make smart moves for themselves in the market.
Arsenal are no exception. With no Champions League football to offer and a reportedly tight budget, they really need their wits about them. So what’s going on with all those reported targets? Well, there’s isn’t really a way for anyone looking from the outside to know, but the media, as is their wont, are talking. Let’s see what they’re saying.
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 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.
With domestic football being on pause for the next few months, that gives us the opportunity to take in a series of other high profile competitions and tournaments – mainly, on the international stage. One tournament that we’re really intrigued by is Copa America, which has actually already commenced. As most of us know it pits some of the biggest and best clubs in the Americas against one another, and occasionally, a few invites are sent out to nations from around the world.
When Lacazette is playing at the top of his game, he’s one of the best strikers in the Premier League and it really is that simple. The Frenchman gives 110% every time he’s out there, and hopefully, he’s still got enough confidence to take him through a full season in the Premier League.
There have been too many near misses and too many mistakes to warrant keeping him at the club. Mesut Ozil has been a controversial figure in the last few years, and getting rid of him now would be a massive statement – but in a good way. Arsenal need the best of the best within their ranks, and this man doesn’t fit into that category in 2019.
On Monday night, Arsenal travels to Vicarage Road to face Watford, in a Premier League game that could prove crucial to the Gunners chances of a top-four finish this season.
Watford are currently tenth place in the Premier League table. However, they have two games in hand on some of their rivals for seventh spot. A victory would move the Hornets up to seventh place.
The home side’s recent Premier League form has been inconsistent. In fact, Javi Garcia’s team has won two and lost three of their last five league outings. However, those three defeats were at Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.
You’ve probably seen Lucas Torreira pick up a red card at the very end of the North-London Derby on Saturday for a foul on Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose. The decision from referee Anthony Taylor was, to put it mildly, ridiculous. The Uruguayan did commit a foul, and it was somewhat reckless from him, and it probably deserved a card, but certainly not a red one. There was no intention, no malice in what he did.
Torreira now faces a three-match ban because of Taylor doing a poor job, and he’s set to miss not only the crucial crunch clash with Manchester United next weekend, but also games against Newcastle and Everton.