The saga of Lucas Torreira leaving Arsenal has been going on for two long years, with this being the third summer that the Uruguayan midfielder has been searching for a club willing to take him on permanently, with little success so far.
His first year at Atletico Madrid never really took off, but last season’s loan at Fiorentina was much better indeed, and the club assured Torreira that they intended to keep him on permanently when his loan ended. But at the last minute Fiorentina refused to take up the option and pay the buy-out clause in his loan deal, apparently hoping that Arsenal would cave in and accept the reduced price.
In response, with no firm offers on the table, Arteta has insisted that Lucas join up with the Arsenal squad for the pre-season tour of the USA, despite Torreira insisting that he had no intention of playing for the Gunners again.
Now there is another twist in the tale, as Torreira’s agent Pablo Bentancur now insists that Valencia is a potential destination for his client, and they have agreed personal terms with the Spanish side, according to a tweet from Fabrizio Romano…
Lucas Torreira’s agent Bentancur: “We have reached an agreement with Valencia, Gattuso wants him. We are gonna discuss with Arsenal – Arteta wants to see him in the pre season”, tells 100% Deporte. 🔴🇺🇾 #AFC
“He had great numbers with AFC but we’ve pre agreement with Valencia”. pic.twitter.com/ciWaWMXOjC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 13, 2022
So I wonder what this means for Torreira? Will he still be joining up with the squad after all? Is Arteta going to try and persuade Torreira to stay at Arsenal next season?
And surely it is up to Valencia to contact Arsenal about the transfer fee, not Torreira’s agent?
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