Recognised as one of the top signings from the 2018/19 summer transfer window, Lucas Torreira has enjoyed an exceptional debut season in England. For many years, Arsenal were notorious for lacking a tenacious, tough tackling midfielder, and Torreira has brought that in abundance since moving from Sampdoria.
Despite his defensive prowess, the Uruguayan has also been a threat going forward for the Gunners, providing 7 goal contributions in 50 matches (2G, 5A).
At only 23 years of age, Arsenal fans were relieved by the thought of Torreira at the base of their midfield for many years to come. However, after reports emerging today, this may not be the case…
According to Sportitalia, Torreira has informed the powers above at Arsenal that he is unhappy in England and wishes to return to Serie A, with AC Milan being labelled as frontrunners.
Despite showing smiles on the pitch, Torreira has made it clear that it has been a struggle to adapt to life in England.
“England is a totally different world, a very large country.”
“The language has cost me, to be able to relate with my peers and with the people. It is very difficult when you can’t have dialogue.”
To no surprise, Torreira is also unhappy with the UK’s climate!
“You go out in the morning and it is cloudy, you arrive late to your home and it is cloudy.”
“We are accustomed to having always or almost always the sun.”
Torreira ended things with “I think it was better in Italy.”
(Quotes taken from metro.co.uk)
One step forward two steps back
If Arsenal do lose their midfield maestro, Unai Emery will be expected to bring in even more signings before their opener at Newcastle, something they do no not seem to be doing at the moment…
If you ask any Gooner, their main areas of priority lie at the back, in a new centre-back and left-back as well as out wide, a pacey winger.
The loss of Torreira would certainly leave fans desiring a replacement, a position that is known as tough to recruit in. With Arsenal having just £40,000,000 to spend this window, there is a large chance that their replacement will be more downing tools instead of upgrading.
Another factor of the rumoured deal that is troubling Arsenal fans is the amount of money which Torreira is set to leave for. The bid from AC Milan is reported to be a two-year loan deal with the option to buy for £34,000,000. When considering the inflation of prices in the current market, this deal would be nothing short of a slap in the face for all Gooners.
With competition arguably the toughest it’s ever been… where do you think Arsenal will finish if Torreira moves away from North London?