Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has told ESPN Argentina that he wants to join Boca Juniors this summer due to personal reasons.
The Uruguayan, signed by Unai Emery in 2018, became an instant fan-favourite at the Emirates. His performances initially were simply superb and it really did look like Arsenal had found the perfect defensive midfielder.
However, Emery forced him to play higher up the pitch and that shattered Torreira’s confidence. The former Sampdoria man was not at all comfortable in his new role, and that was overly-evident on the pitch.
Torreira slowly dropped down the pecking order and an injury at Portsmouth dented his confidence even more. He left us on loan to Atletico Madrid at the start of this season, but he has had a torrid time there as well.
The Uruguayan has had a lot to deal with over the last two years. Things were bad enough on the pitch for him, but his mother’s tragic death earlier this week has made his life unimaginably difficult.
A heartbroken Torreira told ESPN today that he wants to return to his home continent. He wants to be closer to his family and does not want to play in Europe any more. He has requested Arsenal to agree a deal with Argentine club Boca Juniors this summer to let him leave.
He said: “I’m dying to play in Boca. If not now, in June or later. When my mother passed away, I told my agent that I don’t want to play in Europe anymore, and I want to go to Boca.
“Hopefully the teams will agree a loan for a year. Because I don’t know how many millions I’m worth, but for Boca it’s a lot of money.”
The Insider’s View:
Torreira’s current situation really is heartbreaking.
He has the quality to play for a number of top clubs in Europe but he understandably does not want to any more. Arsenal paid a lot of money for him back in 2018, and financially, it makes no sense to let him leave for a fee that’s less than what he’s worth.
However, Edu should find a way to fulfil his wishes. Arsenal should sit down with Boca and discuss a deal that will see Torreira move there this summer.
Forcing him to stay or join a different club in Europe in his current frame of mind would be a terrible thing to do. There are more important things in life than money, and Arsenal should consider that and let him leave this summer.