Lucas Torreira has been very vocal about his desire to leave Arsenal and return to his home continent over the last few days.
The Uruguayan is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid. He has barely played there and on-field problems, combined with his personal issues off the pitch, has left him in a very difficult position.
Torreira publicly pleaded Arsenal to let him leave this summer. He does not want to stay in Europe anymore after the tragic passing of his mother, and he is hoping that the Gunners will allow him to join Argentine side Boca Juniors at the end of the season. (Click here to read his comments)
His interview made its way across the sporting world. Boca fans were absolutely delighted to hear the Uruguayan’s desire to join them, and it now looks like talks have begun over a potential move this summer.
Torreira: Riquelme called me
Torreira has admitted that Boca vice-president and Argentine icon Juan Roman Riquelme called him right after his interview where he expressed his wish to play for the Xeneizes next season.
The Arsenal midfielder said, as per AS Argentina: “Riquelme called me after the interview. Yes, I spoke to him, he called me. I always talk to him, but we don’t talk about the interview itself.
“He thanked me for having spoken very well of the club and also to greet my family at this time.
“Obviously, my representative will take care of all that. Beyond my desire to go to Boca and want to return to South America, there are things that I do not control, they will have to sit down and agree with Arsenal. We will see what happens after the Copa América.”
The Insider’s View:
It is clear that Torreira only wants to return to South America for personal reasons. There is no ulterior motive here and although Arsenal will likely be dealt a financial blow, it is a deal we must try to complete.
Torreira, still only 25, is worth a fair amount in today’s market, but there is no way Boca will be able to afford that kind of fee in the summer window.
Some things in life are more important than money. Forcing Torreira to move elsewhere for a slight profit at a moment when he is grieving his mother’s loss would be a terrible thing to do.
Edu has to sit down and find a way to complete a deal that would suit all parties involved – just like he did in January with Mesut Ozil, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi.