Italian giants weighing up a move for unsettled Arsenal star

Arsenal braces themselves for Napoli bid for midfielder Lucas Torreira.

Torreira was one of Arsenal’s most unsettled players under Unai Emery and it seems the midfielder may still leave the Emirates soon should he want to.

Emery sidelined Torreira and was using Matteo Guendouzi as his preferred defensive midfielder. That act unsettled the Uruguayan and Emery began playing him out of position which also didn’t satisfy him.

He has, however, returned to the first team set up under Freddie Ljungberg but that has not stopped the speculation linking the 23-year-old with a move to Serie A.

Before Carlo Ancelotti was fired by Napoli, reports were linking Lucas Torreira with a move to the Italian side and those rumours have resurfaced.

Talksport claims that new Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso, is keen to make Torreira a member of his team and Napoli are planning on making a move for him.

The report further claims that the Italians will look to test Arsenal with an initial loan move, however, if that is rejected they will return with a £21 million offer.

It does seem increasingly likely that Torreira will depart the Emirates sooner than later. He has not cut a happy figure for some time now and once the rot sets in, it is unlikely to be turned around.

Even when a new manager is hired I am not sure it will make that much difference and am of the opinion that Torreira will end up back in Italy at some point in the near future.

11 Comments

  1. McLovin says:

    Hmm okay, swap him with Fabian Ruiz. Otherwise GTFO.

  2. Th14 says:

    He can leave if they meet our valuation of him, the money should be used to get Dacoure from Watford now they’re going to regulation. I think he has a clause that allows club to get him cut price. Plus he’s the next best thing to Wifred Ndidi.

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      Dacoure is not playing well…

      even the media has stopped promoting him

  3. Great news, though in today’s market I feel we could hold out for £10M more then sell. Nonetheless, I won’t be losing any sleep if he left. The guy has been a flop.

  4. Durand says:

    Make Napoli pay £25-£30 million at the very least. We’ve lost too much money when selling players; Ox being the 1 exception.

    Sell Torreria and Xhaka, and bring in Grealish and Partney or Dacoure. Our midfield needs a rebuild like our defensive line.

  5. AlexLaca9 says:

    tell Napoli no problem we’re just searching for his replacement first, find a suitable (dominant, strong, tall) DM and quote Napoli the exact same price for torreira as the one it’ll cost for his replacement. simple. we’ve been getting ripped off for too long, this 21m price they’ve been throwing around is laughable

  6. mikey says:

    we have to sell xhaka and re-sign santi back in january

    1. mikey says:

      and keep Torreira

  7. Reggie says:

    Torreira is an honest player who has lots of talent but he hasn’t settled and he isn’t producing great performances week in week out. I think the prem is probably a bit too physical for him, his size in our set up is a problem, if Napoli want him, let them give us a nice little profit and we can hopefully invest in a more suitable player for that role. I like him but he is replaceable, if he wants to leave.

  8. agu eman says:

    European clubs rip us off endlessly.
    But can you blame them? If the suckers keep payin why drop your prices?
    Only PSG Barca and RM would pay us what we bought Torreira for.
    We lost 100m by letting Ramsey and Sanchez go for free.
    Wilshere left on a free so did Debuchy and Welbeck.
    Sanchez’s replacement is in Italy on loan
    So its not like we have never lost on players leaving before.
    No one wanted Mustafi Ozil or Mhitarian in the summer so we are stuck with them.
    A 5 mill loss on Torreira is a good deal.
    Xhaka’s demotion from captaincy is an ideal time to flick him too but we won’t
    not yet any way even though his 30m purchase price is more than recoverable.
    Sell Torreira while he is unsettled and use the money to help buy a top DM.
    Mind you a competent Board would never have bought Torreira or Xhaka
    and should we have spent the 70m Pepe money on central defence?
    Emery could not make a top 4 silk purse out of a sows ear.
    Will Freddie turn stinky silage into top 4 gold by May?
    QED.
    Quixote Empirically Delphiniumed.
    While your at it flush Venkatesham and Sanllehi for landing us in the meadow muffin.

  9. jon fox says:

    Torreira is surely keen to get away. It has not worked out for him after an initially decent beginning. Emery badly misused him and, it must be said, his smallness is a huge minus factor in our tough and speedy Prem , which prevents him doing the REAL job of a DM. He is forever getting bowled over and we all see that truth. Best he moves on and we learn our lesson and stop constantly bringing in littleuns, in favour of some physical power and strength. Even our CB’s are far smaller than average, Luiz apart, and he is no more a proper CB than, say, Ozil is! CB’S need courage, awareness of danger and not dilly dallying, whether on the ball or without it. CAN’T STAND THE FAKE DEFENDER LUIZ. “Fortunately” we have those TITANS OF DEFENDERS, SOKRATIS, MUSTAFI AND CHAMBERS!!! Weep! IT IS MY AMBITION TO LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO SEE MY TEAM ONCE AGAIN, AND FINALLY, HAVE A PROPER DEFENCE. Hope I make 100 then!

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