According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal are now ready to sell Lucas Torreira for less than half of the fee we signed him for back in the summer of 2018.
Unai Emery forked out £26.5 million (Guardian) to sign the Uruguayan from Sampdoria. Torreira was viewed as the answer to our problems in defensive midfield, and at the start, he looked brilliant.
However, Emery meddled with his position in his second season and that shattered the Uruguayan’s confidence. He never really recovered from that and he was shipped out on loan to Atletico Madrid last summer.
Torreira has now made it clear that he wants to leave Arsenal at the end of this season. His dream destination is Boca Juniors, but there’s absolutely no way the Argentine giants can afford him in the coming months.
That has opened the door for a move elsewhere and Seria A side Fiorentina have joined the race. The report claims that they are prepared to meet the £13 million transfer fee Arsenal are demanding – £13.5 million less than what we paid for him almost three years ago.
The Insider’s View:
The one thing that is certain is that Torreira has no future at Arsenal. The Gunners tried to move him on permanently last summer, but the financial impact of the global pandemic meant that only a loan deal could be arranged.
This time around, Arsenal will be desperate to cash in on him. However, just £13 million for a player as good as him is nowhere near what he’s really worth, especially considering that he will still have two years left on his contract.
Torreira is still only 25 and is more than capable of playing for some of the biggest sides in the world. He is good with the ball at his feet and is even better without it. He has all the qualities to succeed at the top level, but his desire to leave is down to personal reasons.
That is probably why Arsenal have decided to accept a fee much lower than what he’s really worth. That’s a terrible business decision, but it’s the right thing to do considering the reasons behind his wish to leave the club.