According to a report from Spanish outlet Libertad Digital, La Liga side Sevilla have officially asked Arsenal about a summer move for Lucas Torreira.
The Uruguayan is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid where he has barely played this season.
Diego Simeone called him a player who gives ‘absolute everything’ after his debut (Marca), but the Atleti boss has handed him just five starts in all competitions – two of which came in the first two rounds of the Copa del Rey.
Torreira wants to join Boca Juniors
Torreira has made it absolutely clear that he has no interest in staying in Madrid or returning to Arsenal. He doesn’t even want to stay in Europe anymore and has publicly asked Boca Juniors to come and get him this summer. (Read here)
Sadly, the Argentine giants cannot even come close to meeting Arsenal’s demands. Torreira will either have to return to the Emirates or find another club in Europe, and thankfully for him, there are a couple of big sides really keen.
After a brilliant season in which they will finish in the top four, Sevilla are aiming to go one step higher next term. Julen Lopetegui is a fantastic manager and he can take the club to new heights, but he will need better players, and he thinks Torreira is one of them.
The report claims that Sevilla have already officially approached Arsenal about signing the Uruguayan. It is unclear if it was just an enquiry or an actual offer, but it does look like a dialogue between the two clubs has started.
Serie A champions Inter Milan are also reportedly keen to sign Torreira. The report claims that Antonio Conte wanted him last summer as well, but Atletico Madrid beat them to his signature.
The Insider’s View:
It is pretty clear at this point that Torreira wants to leave and Arsenal are ready to sell him. The big question here is the financials involved in any potential deal, and that will be really interesting this summer.
The Gunners forked out £26 million (BBC) for the Uruguayan back in 2018. There’s no way we’ll get that amount back, but it would be silly on Arsenal’s part to let him leave for cheap, especially to a fellow European club.
Arsenal will have to raise funds through player sales this summer and Torreira, still only 25, is worth a fair bit of money, Hopefully, Edu can sort a deal out that would benefit the club as well as the Uruguayan, who is clearly not happy in North London.