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Lucas Torreira hints at Arsenal exit with AC Milan and Torino interested in Uruguayan

Lucas Torreira has revealed he is considering his future at Arsenal, with Serie A clubs circling the Uruguayan in the aftermath of a difficult season. 

The midfielder’s debut English campaign had Gunners fans excited for the future after his £25m move from Sampdoria in the summer of 2018, but Torreira slipped from the limelight in 2019-20.  

The 24-year-old started just 17 times in the Premier League with his place never assured under Unai Emery, Freddie Ljungberg of Mikel Arteta amid the Gunners’ worst league campaign since 1994-95.   

Torreira was left on the bench as Arsenal salvaged a trophy from their disastrous season by beating Chelsea to win the FA Cup, and it could be his last match sat on the bench for the north Londoners. 

‘I have a contract with the club and I have to respect it, obviously if I have to leave it will be for the best,’ Torreira told radio station Sport 980.

Arteta is plotting an overhaul of the Gunners’ squad this summer, aiming to bring in Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid – who would put Torreira’s starting spot in even greater danger. 

With Arsenal looking to raise funds for transfers after the coronavirus pandemic rocked the club’s finances, Torreira could be allowed to leave with his potential far from fulfilled. 

AC Milan and Torino are reportedly keeping tabs on the star, with the San Siro side in pole position for his signature. 

Torreira kicked-off his sharp rise in 2015-16 by playing a key role in Pescara’s promotion from Serie B, earning a move to Serie A side Sampdoria ahead of the 2016-17 season. 

The Uruguayan made 74 appearances in two seasons for the Italian side, helping them to back-to-back 10th place finishes before moving to north London.  

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