Italiano urges Fiorentina to do Torreira deal with Arsenal

by | May 14, 2022 14:20

Vincenzo Italiano has urged Fiorentina to reach an agreement with Arsenal to sign Lucas Torreira on a permanent basis. ‘He has extraordinary quality.’

The Uruguay international seems to suit Serie A football more, as he came to Pescara for their youth academy in 2014 and impressed at Sampdoria too before periods at Arsenal and Atletico Madrid.

Since returning to Italy on loan from the Gunners, he has been impressive with five goals and one assist in 29 Serie A appearances.

“The playmaker is the fulcrum of the team, so if the midfield is running smoothly, the whole side runs smoothly,” said the coach in his press conference.

“This is one of the main principles of football. Lucas brought balance and has been prolific in front of goal too, showing his extraordinary quality. There are no doubts over what he can give this squad in future.”

There is a €15m option to make the loan deal permanent at the end of the season, but Fiorentina are haggling over the price, especially as they have not yet secured European qualification.

There is also reported to be tension between the clubs because Arsenal are still irritated that Fiorentina sold Dusan Vlahovic to Juventus.

Torreira showed his warrior-like commitment to the cause this month by playing on even after one of his teeth was knocked out.

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