Italian scout Luca Borriello spoke to Area Napoli about Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira’s future beyond the end of this season.
The Uruguayan joined Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan deal last summer. He seemed like a perfect fit in Diego Simeone’s side, but the Atleti boss has barely given him any game time this term.
Torreira has started just five games in all competitions this season. That situation doesn’t look like it will change in the coming weeks which rules out a permanent deal in the summer even though Atletico Madrid have an option to buy him.
The former Sampdoria man has no place at Arsenal either. He is a terrific footballer but for some reason, Arteta doesn’t fancy him enough to give him regular game time at Arsenal.
Torreira is expected to be sold in the summer and if Borriello is to be believed, he is available for just £17 million. The Italian scout has urged Napoli to sign the player who he describes as a ‘monster’.
He said: “Arsenal try to sell him left, right and centre, but I don’t understand why Napoli don’t bet on him. He costs €20 million (£17m), he’s really a monster.
“I don’t understand what they are waiting for. It would be crazy. At that price, I would take him immediately, it would be an extraordinary deal. He’s a complete, versatile player, who makes his presence felt in the middle of the field and can illuminate the game of the whole team.
“I always wonder why other teams don’t buy such a player at that price. The market has changed, the prices of the players have changed with the Covid emergency, but if I were Napoli, I wouldn’t let him escape.”
Torreira would be an incredible fit to any Italian side, let alone Napoli. He is a fantastic player and it’s a shame we are letting him go, especially for as little as £17 million when we all know he is worth a lot more than that.