Lazio enter transfer race for Arsenal pariah Lucas Torreira after Fiorentina fail to invoke clause after loan spell
LATIUM have entered the race to sign Arsenal outcast Lucas Torreira, according to reports.
The Uruguayan midfielder, 26, spent last season on loan at Fiorentina.
But the Serie A side failed to trigger their option to buy him on a permanent deal worth £12.5million.
Now Tuttomercatoweb.com claim that Lazio boss Maurizio Sarri wants to bring the midfielder to Roma.
The story also claims that Fiorentina are still hoping for a deal for Torreira.
Fiorentina are trying to negotiate Arsenal’s asking price because they know he is not in Mikel Arteta’s plans and he has just one year left on his £75,000-a-week Emirates contract.
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 and says: “It’s not over yet, but the chances of Lucas staying in Florence are very low.
“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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The Gunners paid Sampdoria £26million for Torreira in 2018, at the start of the Unai Emery revolution.
But while he featured regularly for the Spaniard during his 18-month spell, he failed to impress Arteta and hasn’t featured for the north London side for two years.
He spent an unsuccessful season on loan at Atletico Madrid in 2020-21 and a much more productive spell in Italy with Fiorentina.
Arsenal have already made it clear they have no future at the Emirates after recently handing over their number 11 shirt to Gabriel Martinelli.
But now they have to settle a transfer fee before his contract enters its final 12 months and his transfer value completely collapses.