Arsenal set Lucas Torreira asking price as Serie A return edges closer

Arsenal have established an asking price of £22m for Lucas Torreira, and made the way clear for him to leave the club as he seeks a return to the Serie A.

Torreira is expected to end his two-year spell in north London this summer, having slipped down the pecking order last season.

The Uruguay midfielder was a key player in his first season at the club, but couldn’t force a way into Mikel Arteta’s changed setup.

The 24-year-old is keen to return to Italy, having joined Arsenal from Sampdoria, and looks to be free to get his move in the coming weeks.

According to Tuttosport, the Gunners will accept any offers in the region of £22m for Torreira.

Torino appear to be the front runners for his signature as things stand.

But they will likely pay the fee in stages, which Arsenal are happy to work with.

There is a possibility the deal may turn into a season-long loan with a mandatory option to buy at the end of the year.

The only deterrent in Arsenal’s eyes would be that they won’t receive much, if any, cash up front to reinvest in their own squad.

Fiorentina were thought to be keen on Torreira, but the brother of manager Marco Giampaolo, Federico, admitted that the club were facing a huge battle to convince him to join their club.

“Taking Torreira will be very difficult because it is an operation that involves a great outlay from the club,” he told Tuttosport.

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“And it is a negotiation unrelated to the simple will of the player, so many factors come into play. But in football, you never know.

“Maybe Marco convinces him, and [Davide] Vagnati [Torino’s sporting director] gets a yes from Arsenal: everyone in Turin wishes him well.

“It is a city that lives on football and Torreira can ignite enthusiasm like few other players.”

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