Arsenal had no intention of selling Lucas Torreira this summer, amid interest from AC Milan, according to the player’s agent.
It is thought the Italian club made an enquiry to sign the Uruguayan midfielder, but it was quickly rebuffed by the North London side.
Torreira joined Arsenal from Serie A side Sampdoria last summer for a fee believed to be £26m. He played under the former Sampdoria and newly appointed AC Milan manager Marco Giampaolo.
The 23-year-old was vocal in his struggles to adapt to life in England, fuelling speculation he could leave the club.
Torreira was monstrous in the Gunners’ midfield last season, despite a disastrous end to the campaign. The Uruguay international added some much-needed steel in midfield winning the most tackles, as well as making the second-most interceptions (via Premier League’s official website) for the north London giants.
However, it wasn’t just the defensive side where the diminutive midfielder made his mark. On average, Torreira was the most fouled man per game (via WhoScored) in the Premier League for Unai Emery’s side last season, showing his ability to hold onto the ball in the middle of the park.
His performances saw him get praise from many pundits last season. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink drooled over the defensive midfielder, saying he was just what the club needed.
He said: “Lucas Torreira is what Arsenal have been missing. That little tenaciousness, that nastiness. He gives them that solid base and that’s why he’s in the team.”
“Every team needs somebody like that, somebody who will go into tackles, set the tone and he is doing that exceptionally well.” (Source: Sky Sports)
Arsenal have been accused of having a lack of bite in the past, and Torreira has shown that he can provide exactly that. To keep hold of him is massive, as it provides Emery with a solid wall in front of an ailing defence which conceded 51 goals last season.
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