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Lazio are in the transfer race for Arsenal outsider Lucas Torreira after Fiorentina failed to invoke a clause following the loan period

LAZIO have reportedly entered the race to sign Arsenal outcast Lucas Torreira.

The 26-year-old Uruguayan midfielder spent last season on loan at Fiorentina.

But the Serie A side failed to cash in on their option to buy him on a permanent deal worth £12.5million.

Now Tuttomercatoweb.com claim Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri wants to bring the midfielder to Rome.

The story also claims that Fiorentina are still hoping for a deal for Torreira.

Fiorentina are trying to negotiate Arsenal’s asking price down because they know he’s not in Mikel Arteta’s plans and has just a year left on his £75,000-a-week Emirates contract.

Torreira told fans: “My intention is to stay at Fiorentina but the club 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, saying: “It’s not over yet but the chances of Lucas staying in Florence are very slim.

“There is a contract issue with Fiorentina and my priority is to find an agreement with them so he doesn’t think about other teams for now.”

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The Gunners paid Sampdoria £26million for Torreira in 2018 when Unai Emery’s revolution began.

But while he played regularly for the Spaniard during his 18-month tenure, he failed to impress Arteta and has not played for the north London side in two years.

He spent an unsuccessful season on loan at Atletico Madrid in 2020-21 and a much more productive stint in Italy at Fiorentina.

Arsenal have already made it clear he has no future at the Emirates after recently handing over his No11 shirt to Gabriel Martinelli.

But now they have to settle a transfer fee before his contract goes into the final 12 months and his transfer value collapses completely.

https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5485903/lazio-lucas-torreira-arsenal-transfer/ Lazio are in the transfer race for Arsenal outsider Lucas Torreira after Fiorentina failed to invoke a clause following the loan period

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