Charles Watts claims that Arsenal are really disappointed that Fiorentina opted against triggering their option to buy Lucas Torreira following an impressive loan spell.
The Uruguayan midfielder has spent the last two years on loan, enjoying a La Liga winning campaign with Atletico Madrid before returning to Serie A to impress for La Viola, and it was a surprise when they opted against meeting his pre-agreed fee to sign him on a permanent basis.
He has now returned to north London but isn’t expected to stay beyond the current window, and Watts claims that we are unhappy with the way it played out.
“Lucas Torreira – Arsenal are so disappointed with how that one turned out, over what happened with Fiorentina,” Watts told listeners to his podcast.
“They thought that one was pretty much a given that was going to happen.
“Suddenly for it to not happen, then you’re left with the player, it’s just another thing to add to the workload, trying to find him another club.
“You’d think it wouldn’t be difficult because he had such a good year in Italy last season, that other Italian clubs will be sniffing around but we’ll see on that one.”
Fiorentina are known for being difficult to negotiate with, but after three Player of the Month awards for Fiorentina in 2022 alone you would imagine that the fee would have been proven to be more than fair.
I’m sure we will receive offers for his signature, but other clubs may also try for loans with an option to buy which is a growing trend with many clubs struggling financially, but with just one year remaining on his contract, that isn’t really an option.
Could Torreira get another chance under Mikel Arteta this season?
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