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Report: Sympathetic Arsenal agree to sell Lucas Torreira; Edu sets low asking price

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If there’s one transfer that is almost guaranteed to happen this summer, it’s Lucas Torreira leaving Arsenal.

The Uruguayan was expected by everyone to be sold in the upcoming transfer window. Arsenal were hoping to use his sale to raise funds this summer, but Torreira’s personal issues have complicated things.

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Torreira wants to join Argentine giants Boca Juniors this summer in order to be closer to his family. Unfortunately, there’s no way the Xeneizes would’ve been able to afford what Arsenal would’ve demanded in an ideal scenario.

The Gunners paid £26 million for the Uruguayan in 2018 (BBC). With two years left on his deal this summer, Arsenal were expected to try and recoup that fee, but Torreira’s personal situation has changed things.

ESPN have claimed today that Arsenal are sympathetic towards Torreira’s personal problems. The Gunners have now agreed to let him leave this summer and have slapped a fairly affordable £15 million price-tag on his head.

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The Insider’s View:

Just £15 million for a top-quality 25-year-old midfielder who has two full years left on his contract is not good business at all. However, some things in life are more important than money, and Arsenal are right to help Torreira out here.

However, the sad thing for the Uruguayan is that Boca Juniors might still not be able to afford him. Boca’s record transfer stands at a little over £10 million – that came in February 2007 when Juan Roman Riquelme returned to the club from Villarreal.

The financial impact of the global pandemic hasn’t been kind to any club in the world and Boca are no different. £15 million to the Xeneizes is a lot of money and if Arsenal don’t budge on that fee, Torreira’s dream move will likely collapse.

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