Arsenal are taking a tough transfer approach as they refuse to sell outcasts cheap after blocking Torreira’s sale

ARSENAL are telling their stingy rivals to give up or shut up after unplugging Lucas Torreira’s cheap move to Fiorentina.

The Emirates hierarchy is fed up with European clubs trying to sign their unwanted players on the cheap.

Arsenal warn rivals they won't sell cheap after blocking Lucas Torreira's Fiorentina move


Arsenal warn rivals they won’t sell cheap after blocking Lucas Torreira’s Fiorentina movePhoto credit: Getty

And they’ve decided the days of the Gunners’ big giveaway are now a thing of the past as they look to get better value for money in the transfer market.

They are particularly upset that Fiorentina are pleading poverty during the Torreira negotiations just months after using Arsenal’s interest in Dusan Vlahovic to squeeze £65m from Juventus for the striker.

Fiorentina had agreed a £12.5m option to sign Torreira when they loaned him out last season.

But they backed down on that promise when it came to negotiations for a permanent deal, saying they wouldn’t go any higher than £7million.

The player then complained: “I did my best to continue being part of Fiorentina, but unfortunately there were people who behaved badly who prevented this and that’s why I have to go.”

It means Arsenal must now find another buyer for the Uruguayan midfielder who cost them £26million but is not in Mikel Arteta’s plans and has just one year left in his Emirates contract.

But the club believe they have had to back away from Fiorentina’s proposals because they don’t want to set a precedent when trying to raise up to £60m from player sales this summer.

Benfica are refusing to meet Arsenal’s £8.5m valuation for Germany international goalkeeper Bernd Leno despite paying just £85m from the sale of Darwin Nunez to Liverpool.

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And Real Betis want to keep Hector Bellerin after a successful loan but don’t want to pay a transfer fee for the Spain full-back.

Arsenal are painfully aware they have been seen as a soft touch in the transfer market, having let key signings like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis, Sead Kolasinac, Willian and Henrikh Mkhitaryan go for nothing in recent years .

Now they’re taking a determined stance to stop being mistaken for a ride while trying to raise funds for a big spending spree of their own. Arsenal are taking a tough transfer approach as they refuse to sell outcasts cheap after blocking Torreira’s sale


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