July 28, 2022
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Luc of love for Fiorentina might not be enough

Lucas Torreira has told Arsenal he wants to stay with Fiorentina even if the Italians haven’t triggered their option to buy him, writes MARK IRWIN.

The Uruguayan midfielder ended a successful season on loan at Florence, helping the club finish seventh in Serie A and qualify for the Europa Conference League.

Coach Vincenzo Italiano is keen to keep Torreira but the £12.5million option to sign him permanently expired on Tuesday.

Now Fiorentina are trying to negotiate Arsenal’s asking price because they know the 26-year-old is not in Mikel Arteta’s plans and has just one year left on his £75,000 Emirates contract. £ per week.

Torreira told supporters: “My intention is to stay at Fiorentina but the club will have to find an agreement with Arsenal. I am very happy in Italy and in Florence.

But Torreira’s agent Pablo Bentancur is not optimistic.

He said: “It’s not over yet but the chances of Lucas staying in Florence are very slim.

“There is a contractual problem with Fiorentina and my priority is to find an agreement with them so he is not thinking about the other teams at the moment.

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