Lucas Torreira, an Arsenal midfielder, has stated that he has no desire to remain at the Emirates at the end of this summer transfer window.
The Uruguayan transferred from Sampdoria to Arsenal for £26 million back in 2018. (BBC). He had a fantastic debut season at the Emirates and received praises for his performances from the public, media, and pundits.
Everyone expected that Torreira would improve in his second season in the Premier League and become an even better player, but Unai Emery’s decision to put him in a more advanced role completely killed his confidence.
Torreira was forced out on loan, first to Atletico Madrid and then to Fiorentina, where he was brilliant last season, since he never fully recovered from it.
Lucas Torreira says he will not stay at Arsenal
This summer, it appeared as though Torreira might make a permanent move to Fiorentina, but the Italian club decided not to trigger the option they have to sign him. The Uruguayan was unhappy with that decision and he made his feelings known in a statement a few weeks ago.
Torreira was asked if there was any chance he will remain at Arsenal for the upcoming season while still looking for a new team. The Uruguayan instantly eliminated that possibility.
According to a report from El Pais in Uruguay, he said: “My chances of staying (at Arsenal)? None!
“From the beginning, they told me that I had no place, so my desire is not to stay either, since I suffered a lot, it cost me a lot to adapt.
Any team that wants me have to pay my fee, which is currently about €15 million (£13 million).
Sports Deputy View:
What has happened to Torreira is quite unfortunate.
After his first season at the Emirates, everyone genuinely thought the Uruguayan was the real deal. Many even thought he was the missing link in Arsenal’s midfield, but Mikel Arteta’s distaste for him is quite evident.
Torreira, who Bernd Leno once called “incredible,” is still a good player and, as he shown at Fiorentina last season, is more than capable of filling in effectively in the middle of the park.
Clubs may or may not agree to Arsenal’s demands to sign him this summer.