Arsenal outcast Lucas Torreira 'has an agreement to join Valencia'

Arsenal outcast Lucas Torreira ‘has an agreement to join Valencia’, his agent reveals, and says the player will have ‘an important meeting’ over the move… but claims Mikel Arteta wants to keep him in north London

  • Arsenal’s forgotten man Lucas Torreira could be on his way to Valencia  
  • The midfielder has an agreement to join the LaLiga side, according to his agent 
  • However, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta still wants him at the club for now, he says 

Arsenal outcast Lucas Torreira has an agreement in place to sign for LaLiga side Valencia this summer, according to his agent.

The midfielder has spent the last two seasons out on loan – at Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina respectively – and has not appeared to be in the plans of manager Mikel Arteta, with his future placed in huge doubt. 

And now the Uruguayan’s representative Pablo Bentancur has claimed the 26-year-old could finally be on his way out of the Emirates this summer after striking a deal with Gennaro Gattuso’s outfit. 

Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira has an agreement to join Gennaro Gattuso at Valencia, his agent says

But the forgotten midfielder is also wanted back at the Emirates by Mikel Arteta, he adds

‘We have a pre-agreement with Gattuso for Torreira to play in Valencia,’ he told Sport 890, via Sky Sports.

‘Today there is an important meeting on this issue. Arsenal coach Arteta wants to have him in the pre-season.’

His agent’s comments come after Torreira insisted there was no chance he would be an Arsenal player next season. 

He said he ‘suffered a lot’ during his time in the Premier League and that he is now looking to head in a ‘new direction’.

Torreira spent the last season on loan at Fiorentina after falling out of favour at Arsenal 

‘We are having conversations with many teams, but my representative is in charge of that, today I am enjoying my vacation,’ Torreira told El Telegrafo.

‘It was a long year with a lot of competition, and it was exhausting; I want to relax with my family. What I wanted was to stay at Fiorentina, but it didn’t happen for various reasons, so we’ll look for a new direction.’

When asked about the possibility of extending his stay in north London if Arteta offered an olive brance, Torreira was fairly cutting in response.

‘Chances? None,’ he added.

He also had a spell out at Atletico Madrid, who decided not to sign him permanently

‘From the beginning, they told me that I didn’t have a place, so I don’t want to stay either because I suffered a lot, it cost me a lot to adapt and my idea is to go to Italy or Spain.’ 

Torreira joined the club for £13m from Sampdoria in 2018 – and though he became an early fans’ favourite with his tenacious displays – he quickly found himself out of favour under Arteta and was shipped out to Atletico in 2020-21. 

Arteta has already signed Brazilian starlet Marquinhos, Fabio Vieira, goalkeeper Matt Turner and forward Gabriel Jesus this summer and could be looking to sell a few more players to give himself extra funds.

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