Lucas Torreira’s agent has demanded Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to provide some clarity over his client’s future amid Serie A links.
Lucas Torreira performed in patches since Arteta replaced Unai Emery at the helm of Arsenal, and his future at the Emirates is hanging in the air.
After restoring his indispensable first-team status during the Spaniard’s early tenure, he has again fallen out of favor due to an injury setback.
Torreira sustained a nasty ankle injury during Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Portsmouth in the FA Cup back in March that had kept him on the sidelines for a month.
Unfortunately for the 24-year-old, by the time he had regained his full fitness, Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos had already been bossing the Gunners midfield.
Now, with Ceballos having rejoined Real Madrid and Matteo Guendouzi excommunicated from Arteta’s plans for the next season, the former Sampdoria man could again stake his claim for a place in the starting line-up.
Arteta, who moved into the realm of management only last season, had early hopes of revamping his midfield options in the summer.
However, a lack of funds and with no real suitors for Guendouzi, the 38-year-old may be forced to work with what he has at his current disposal.
Despite enduring mixed fortunes under the Spanish manager, Torreira has a host of admirers in Serie A.
AC Milan, Fiorentina, and Torino are all interested in acquiring his services, with Arsenal thinking about using him in a straight swap deal involving Amadou Diawara of Roma.
Torreira’s entourage Pablo Bentancur has now urged the Gunners manager to make a definite decision on his client’s future.
“There are many requests for information, but nothing official yet, so there are no written offers on the table,” he said, as transmitted by the Metro.
“The player is training with Arsenal; they own him, he is one of the few cases of athletes who arrive in England and immediately play 50 games in a row.
“After a nasty injury, he didn’t require surgery, but the recovery process was still tricky and took a while. Now the coach and Arsenal must work out if they need Torreira or not.
“Football has to be divided into two parts, the sporting, and the economic areas. In sporting terms, Torreira is perfect for Torino, and he’d reunite with Marco Giampaolo after their time at Sampdoria.
“At the same time, we must be realistic and admit Arsenal will have some very big demands, while Lucas’ salary is also a bit too high for Torino.”