According to a report from Argentinian outlet El Intransigente, Boca Juniors have snubbed the chance to sign Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira.
It looked almost certain at one point that Arsenal would come to some sort of an agreement with Torreira to allow him to join the club of his dreams this summer.
We all knew that Boca would find it incredibly difficult to meet Arsenal’s demands, but there were rumours of a one-year loan deal. However, it looks like that will not happen either in the upcoming summer transfer window.
The report claims that Boca have no interest in signing Torreira. The Argentinian giants made no moves to bring the Uruguayan in, and their vice-president, Juan Roman Riquelme, wants nothing to do with the Arsenal man.
Boca and Riquelme are reportedly interested in signing Bologna’s Gary Medel instead. The former Cardiff City man will be a lot more affordable than Torreira, and it looks like that is a deal that Boca will be able to complete comfortably in a few months time.
The Insider’s View:
This would’ve been heatbreaking for Torreira.
The only reason the Arsenal midfielder wanted to move to Boca was so that he can be close to his family. He is sick of Europe after two torrid years, and his mother’s loss made things a whole lot worse for him.
Torreira’s dream move looks impossible now. He will be really frustrated with the outcome, especially after he came out publicly and announced that he wanted to move to La Bombonera and nobody else at the end of this season.
It will be interesting to see if Torreira still fancies a move back to South America. Brazilian sides Flamengo and Gremio are both reportedly interested in his services, but they are nowhere near as appealing as Boca, and that could change his mind this summer.