There’s been a lot of talk this week about the future of Lucas Torreira, who is currently on loan at Fiorentina from Arsenal.
The midfielder has enjoyed a good season in Italy, which led many to believe that the Serie A side would trigger the pre-agreed €15m clause in the deal and sign him permanently.
However, there have been a few bumps along the way, and with that clause expiring on May 31st, the clock is also ticking.
That’s why, somewhat unsurprisingly, Fiorentina.it are reporting that ‘a new summit is expected between the leaders of La Viola to take stock of the situation regarding the redemption of the Uruguayan’.
The club have planned ‘a new meeting’, ‘scheduled today to take stock of the situation’, with CEO Joe Barone connecting in remotely from the USA.
It’s then explained that ‘new contacts’ took place between Fiorentina’s director of football and the Arsenal midfielder’s entourage, who made it clear the Italian side ‘are the priority for the player’, who was ‘also available to wait beyond May 31st’.
The problem with that is that if the whole process goes beyond the deadline, the Gunners will have room to negotiate once again.
Considering Torreira had a good season away from Arsenal, there might also be other interested parties, and they would, in all likelihood, end up asking for more.
That’s why that May 31st date is rather important.