Arsenal loanee Lucas Torreira confirms he wants to stay at Fiorentina
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Arsenal loanee Lucas Torreira confirms he wants to stay at Fiorentina

Lucas Torreira has told Fanpage that he wants to stay at Fiorentina, but confirmed that I Viola need to agree a deal with Arsenal before he can sign permanently.

Torreira’s time at the Emirates has looked to be up for some time. Despite often being considered a fan favourite while in North London, the Uruguayan failed to win Mikel Arteta over.

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He spent last season on loan at Atletico Madrid. And this past year saw the 26-year-old play for Fiorentina. It seemed that he was set to join the Serie A side permanently.

Reports previously suggested that Fiorentina signing Torreira permanently was something of a formality. However, the situation appears to have changed recently.

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In fact, it was suggested that Torreira would return to Arsenal. Fiorentina had decided against a move with the Gunners not willing to offer a discount on the £12.8 million fee.

Torreira returning to North London would not be ideal for Arsenal. And clearly, it would be a disappointment for the midfielder. In an interview published today, the former Sampdoria man made it clear where he wants to be playing.

“My intention is to stay at Fiorentina. But the club will need to strike a deal with Arsenal. I’m fine in Florence. I’m fine in Italy,” he told Fanpage.

Torreira wants to stay at Fiorentina

Torreira has potentially enjoyed the best campaign of his career. Certainly, he has never scored more league goals in a single season. And he played 31 times in Serie A for Fiorentina.

Arsenal are right to dig their heels in. He is a very good player. Bernd Leno labelled him ‘incredible‘. And reports claimed that Juventus are also keen on signing him.

Fiorentina fans want him to stay. Torreira wants to stay. And the Gunners will feel that the price should not be beyond the Italian side.

The ball is now very much in their court.

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