Photo: Fans put up a banner outside the stadium demanding their club to sign 'incredible' Arsenal player
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Photo: Fans put up a banner outside the stadium demanding their club to sign 'incredible' Arsenal player

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Fiorentina fans are in love with Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira, so much so that they’ve put up a banner outside their stadium demanding his return.

The Uruguayan joined Arsenal in the summer of 2018, before the start of Unai Emery’s first season at the Emirates. Torreira was absolutely magnificent for the Gunners, and many viewed him as a big part of the club’s future.

However, in his second season, Emery decided to play him in a more advanced role, and that just killed Torreira’s confidence. He never really recovered from that, and Mikel Arteta decided he doesn’t want him anymore.

After a season on loan at Atletico Madrid, Torreira joined Fiorentina last summer and became a star there.

Fiorentina fans put up banner demanding Lucas Torreira’s return from Arsenal

It seemed almost certain that Fiorentina will make Torreira’s loan deal permanent this summer. The Uruguayan has had a fantastic season, and he’d be a terrific signing for them, but a deal has reportedly collapsed.

La Viola have an option to sign Torreira, but the Serie A side apparently tried to negotiate a deal for a lower fee. Arsenal declined, and the midfielder is now set to return to the Emirates.

Fiorentina fans are far from happy about this. The club’s supporters have voiced their frustration towards CEO Joe Barone with a banner outside the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence.

The banner reads, “Torreira Alla Fiorentina, Barone all Arsenal,” which translates to: “Torreira to Fiorentina, Barone to the Arsenal.”

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As things stand, Torreira is expected to return to Arsenal for pre-season, but it’s unlikely that he will be given an opportunity to play for the Gunners again.

The Uruguayan, branded as ‘incredible’ by Bernd Leno, will enter the final year of his contract this summer, and if Arsenal don’t sell him now, they may end up losing him for nothing this time next year.

Torreira, however, is still a quality player. He may not be on Thomas Partey’s level, but the 26-year-old showed in his debut season that he’s more than good enough to play in the Premier League.

It’s extremely unlikely, but giving Torreira another chance at Arsenal would not be a bad idea at all.

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