Earlier on Friday, we covered a big article from the Italian media regarding Lucas Torreira’s situation at Arsenal.
The Uruguayan midfielder hasn’t featured anywhere near as much under Mikel Arteta compared to when Unai Emery was in charge, and there’s now rumours he could return to Italy this summer.
Gazzetta dello Sport explained Fiorentina were in the lead to sign the player, with talks already underway with the agent, and Torreira wasn’t ‘sure’ he would be staying at the Emirates beyond the current season.
This has been backed by Roberto Druda, the man who brought him to Pescara all those years ago, who spoke to Radio Bruno, relayed by Milan News: “I spoke with Lucas yesterday morning, but not about Fiorentina or any other squad. I know he wants to return to Italy, but I don’t know if Fiorentina are ahead of others. The good thing is that the player has recovered well from his injury.
“I can say that if he were to arrive in Florence, he would honour Baggio’s shirt since he resembles him in some characteristics (…) he would be an excellent investment for Fiorentina. I know that in the past, Napoli and Milan wanted him”.
But what about the player in all this? Gazzetta hinted he wanted to leave and he wasn’t happy with how the season went, especially once Mikel Arteta took over.
Well, the player has expressed himself to Radio Sport890, relayed by Labaro Viola.
He said: “Last season, I played with continuity. This one, less so. This year was more difficult. I lost rhythm and confidence. I don’t like it. At my age, I need to play to be called up to the national team. Transfer rumours? There’s nothing at the moment.
“I need to rest because it has been a very long season, I got injured and then there was the Coronavirus. I have a contract with Arsenal, but if I were to change in the future, it would be a decision taken for my own good. Any player looks for a team in which he feels important. We’ll see what happens in the future”.
That’s not exactly ‘no I don’t want to leave’, and it certainly sounds like there’s an idea in the back of his head that if things don’t improve for him at the Emirates in the near future, he could end up looking elsewhere.
Since Fiorentina were reportedly looking to put him at the heart of their project, they certainly sound like a viable option.