Premier League forgotten man Lucas Torreira wants to leave Arsenal for good and return to Serie A, agent Pablo Bentancur has told TMW of a man heavily linked with Lazio.
While the Gunners tend to pay over the odds for signings – £50 million for Ben White anyone? – the London giants have also fallen into a nasty habit of letting players go for much less than their market value.
That’s not a great combination we’re sure you’ll agree.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi – four players who set the club back about £100 million in total – have all left the Emirates for free since the start of last summer.
Torreira, meanwhile, is expected to depart for about £10 million less than Arsenal paid for him following those eye-catching performances at the 2018 World Cup.
Corriere dello Sport claims Arsenal want about £17 million for Torreira – with at least half of that to be paid up front.
The former Sampdoria scrapper is closing in on a move to Lazio and will reportedly take a substantial pay cut to make the deal happen.
Will Lucas Torreira play for Arsenal again?
“He wants to go back to Italy,” confirms the 25-year-old’s representative.
“They called me from France, Russia and Spain. But Lucas wants to embrace the Italian championship to prove his worth again.
“Arsenal have understood the situation and will come to meet us.”
Clearly, Arsenal won’t stand in Torreira’s way should Lazio meet their asking price.
The Uruguayan has barely kicked a ball in the Premier League since Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery in late 2019. And the potential arrival of Sambi ‘the new Axel Witsel’ Lokonga threatens to push him even further down the pecking order.
There are some reports suggesting Joaquin Correa, Lazio’s want-away winger, could move in the other direction with Arsenal leading Liverpool and Everton in a race for the exciting Argentina international.
Torreira spent last season on loan at Atletico Madrid but started just three matches for the La Liga champions.