Arsenal fear Lucas Torreira has sparked transfer bidding war after making England admission

first_imgArsenal star Lucas Torreira as admitted he prefers living in Italy instead of England (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are steeling themselves for the prospect of a bidding war after Lucas Torreira confessed he prefers living in Italy over England.The Uruguay international was the most expensive of Unai Emery’s five headline signings last summer after Arsenal beat Napoli to the services of the combative midfielder.After being eased into the starting XI, Torreira quickly established himself as an integral component of Emery’s new-look midfield and earned cult hero status by scoring his first goal for the club in November’s 4-2 win over Tottenham at the Emirates.The 23-year-old’s performance levels dipped, however, as the season went on and in a recent press conference ahead of the Copa America he confessed he has had difficulty acclimatising to life in north London.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked what parts of life in England he enjoys, Torreira replied: ‘I don’t know if there are many things that I enjoy. ‘I think it was better in Italy. England is a totally different world, a very large country.‘The language [barrier] has cost me, to be able to relate with my peers and with the people. It is very difficult when you can’t have dialogue.‘And so is the climate. You go out in the morning and it is cloudy, you arrive late to your home and it is cloudy. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 19 Jun 2019 11:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Comment Advertisement Marco Giampaolo coached Lucas Torreira at Sampdoria and reportedly wants to bring him to AC Milan (Picture: Getty)‘It is strange a little bit, the sun, the more of us that we are here and we are accustomed to having always or almost always the sun. But as the years pass, I’m going to be adapting.’AC Milan have recently hired Torreira’s former Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo and the 51-year-old is reported to have made the midfielder a priority target while, according to the Evening Standard, Napoli maintain an interest.Emery’s transfer budget stands at a modest £40m before player sales, but he would be loathe to lose Torreira given the impact he made, especially during the early part of last season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal  Arsenal fear Lucas Torreira has sparked transfer bidding war after making England admission Advertisementlast_img

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