Dusan Vlahovic’s £66m deal that justifies Mikel Arteta and Edu’s position on Arsenal transfer

Lucas Torreira has made no secret of his intention to leave Arsenal to join Fiorentina permanently this summer, but the two clubs have yet to reach an agreement on fees.

The Uruguay international enjoyed a fruitful 2021/22 season on loan with Florence as he played a total of 35 games in all competitions, as he advanced from his defensive position in midfield to score five goals and even some assists.

With the transfer order slipping under Mikel Arteta and expecting the Gunners to bolster midfield options in the summer transfer window, it is no surprise that Torreira is keen to complete a permanent exit: “I intend to stay at Fiorentina, but the club will need to find an agreement with Arsenal,” the month revealed. Past. “I am doing very well in Florence. I am doing very well in Italy.”

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Now, it has been reported by football. London At the end of last season, Torreira was expected to join Fiorentina as a purchase option to buy around £13m was included in the loan agreement, and at the time, the two clubs were in negotiations over making the move permanent.

However, those talks appear to have run into a snag with Italian publication Calciomercato claiming that Fiorentina decided not to activate the option to sign the midfielder permanently. As a result, Arsenal have apparently offered Torreira to another Serie A team in Lazio – now managed by former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.

However, there were reports that Fiorentina had apparently not given up hope of completing the Torreira deal and were preparing for a final bid in the region of £6m. But if he stopped the Gunners, the plan was to turn their attention to the Folarin Grillitsch instead.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Fiorentina has made a verbal agreement with the Austria international over a four-year contract, which could indicate that Arteta and Arsenal technical director Edu refuse to soften their stance on how much they want Torreira.

This position may have been demonstrated by Fiorentina’s big paycheck in the January transfer window when they sold Dusan Vlahovic to Juventus. Therefore, one can assume that the Florence-based club would have no problem activating the £13m clause to sign Torreria especially after it was £66m five months ago.

In any case, Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Italiano has already made it clear that he wants the 26-year-old back: “The playmaker is the fulcrum of the team. So if the midfield runs smoothly, the whole team runs smoothly. This is one of the basic principles of football. “.

“Lucas balanced and was a prolific player in front of goal too, showing his extraordinary quality. There is no doubt what he can bring to this team in the future.”

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