Reports out of Italy today are claiming that Arsenal is prepared to allow Lucas Torreira to join AC Milan for a fee of £35 Million.
When I came across this piece of news it was because of a headline on Teamtalk that said “Arsenal set shock low asking price for star man amid interest from Italy”
I didn’t know what to expect because I did not know who the “star “man” was but when I clicked on the headline and went to the article it was clear who it was and how much money they were talking about.
On the first line, it had the £35 Million figure and a huge picture of Torreira and I have to admit that I then thought almost immediately where is this shock low asking price because my initial reaction was £35 Million is not that bad for a player we bought for just £26 Million and who never had an outstanding season.
Now, it is claimed within the article that it is Arsenal that has set that price and not a tabled offer or anything like that and I am of the opinion it is probably a fair valuation.
I will admit that other clubs seem to get more money for their players for some reason than we manage but that is not the issue here, the issue is, will £35 Million enable us to get an upgrade on the Uruguayan and I have to say, I think so.
I actually think we will see more from him next season but that is not the subject matter right now.
The bottom line is I believe most Arsenal fans will see £35 Million as acceptable, sure £50 Million would have been nice but it is a bit of a stretch to try and convince people that Torreira is worth twice what we paid for him last summer.
There is simply no evidence to back that up.