Torreira could sign a contract extension at Arsenal to ensure move to Valencia?

It is the worst kept secret in football that Lucas Torreira has no intention of playing for Arsenal ever again. As he said when Fiorentina pulled out of an agreement to sign the Uruguayan on a permanent basis: “There is no chance,” he said when asked about a possible Arsenal stay. “From the beginning, they told me that I didn’t have a place, so I don’t want to stay either because I suffered a lot, it cost me a lot to adapt, and my idea is to go to Italy or Spain.”

“What I wanted was to stay at Fiorentina, but it didn’t happen for various reasons. So we’ll look for a new direction.”

Torreira was summoned to the USA, but whatever he discussed with Arteta he was quickly sent back to Europe, and it seems that he has a deal to join Valencia in La Liga.

So, that looks cut and dried, but as usual of course, according to AS in Spain, Valencia don’t want to pay a transfer fee! This is what the AS report said: “Torreira, everything is said, it is Gattuso’s desire to reinforce the midfield with a player with hierarchy and experience. The problem is that he only has one year left on his contract at Arsenal and the English club wants to cash in on the Uruguayan. The agreement with the player is held by Valencia, which is waiting for Arsenal to make a move. One formula would be a renewal by the London club and include a purchase option in the transfer.”

So, just like Fiorentina, they want him for free this coming season, with the possibility of letting him return to Arsenal next summer if they decide they don’t want to buy him. Surely we can’t let this happen again?


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  1. I think we should agree to extend the deal and strike a deal with them demanding an option to buy fee greater than that of fiorentina cos of the impressive form he had in his previous loan spell.should’nt be less than 20 million pounds this time around,take it or leave it.

  2. It would be crazy to extend a player who doesn’t want to play for the club. If no-one buys him then he’s getting paid to sit still, Ozil-style, for years.

    Arsenal may as well become a retirement home for 20-something footballers.

    The situation with Bellerin and Torreira are similar in that they both need to be handled in a way that doesn’t encourage more of the same in future. After Aubameyang (and the history of similar problems in relatively recent times) my view is that the club may need to take a stance – if Arsenal is going to lose money then it seems better to do it in a way that stops the rot.

  3. There is not a chance in hell that the player is going to sign an extension.let’s wait for the last week of the window and watch Arsenal and other clubs change their stance and drop their demands.MA won’t want a 33 players squad comes the start of the season.

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