Arsenal’s most significant signing of the summer, Lucas Torreira, could have slipped from our grasp if his agent had had his way, as he wanted his client to join Napoli rather than move to the Emirates. Torreira’s agent Pablo Bentacur said: “It’s a pity, I’m sorry Ancelotti wasn’t there at the start of the negotiation.
“He’d have been a great help for Torreira, he has tremendous international experience.
“But then Lucas called me and he confirmed to me that negotiations with Arsenal were too advanced for any second thoughts.
“If Arsenal had collapsed then Napoli would have been perfect.
“In the end, the Gunners satisfied our demands and they even were willing to pay €5million more than his release clause.”
Despite failing to get Torreira to move to Napoli, he says that Lucas is settling in nicely in London. “The Premier League? He is adapting well to the league and he is happy to be here with Arsenal.”
We are also happy that he is here as well. Once he has settled completely and got his fitness up to play the whole 90 minutes he is going to very integral to our successful season….