Last week, there were claims from the South American media that Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira could soon be on his way to Boca Juniors.
It was reported the 25-year-old, who’s having a loan spell at Atletico Madrid, could be leaving European football due to his ‘personal situation’.
A big reason for these rumours was Torreira’s quotes when speaking to ESPN. The player had claimed he’s very keen on playing for Boca Juniors as soon as possible.
“I’d die to play for Boca, I will always say it, not only for my personal moment. If it’s not now, in June or later. I told my agent as soon as my mother died: ‘I don’t want to go back to Europe, I want to play for Boca’,” said Torreira (via Goal).
Now Torreira has spoken to the Uruguayan media, and made the saga even hotter. That’s because he revealed that Boca Juniors president Juan Roman Riquelme called him after the interview.
“Riquelme called me after the interview, I always talk to him. He thanked me for speaking well about the club and sent greetings to my family at this time.
“I never considered coming to Uruguay, it’s not an idea that I have, my intention has always been very clear of coming to Boca.”
Since it’s unlikely that Atletico Madrid will sign Torreira on a permanent move, he should head back to Arsenal, where he has a contract running until 2023.
South American clubs can hardly afford big signings from Europe, so for the midfielder to join Boca, he’d either have to move on a loan deal, or Arsenal must make things pretty easy for the La Bombonera side to get him permanently.