The father of Arsenal star Lucas Torreira has explained where his son stands ahead of a summer return to north London.
Torreira has spent the season on loan at Atletico Madrid, but has struggled for game time, making only starts in La Liga.
The Uruguay international is set to return to Mikel Arteta’s side for next season when his deal in the Spanish capital.
But Torreira’s father, Ricardo, has hinted that another year at the Emirates is highly unlikely.
It’s thought that Torreira’s preferred move would be to Argentine giants Boca Juniors, but a loan switch to Ligue 1 or Serie A is perhaps more likely.
“The arrival of Lucas Torreira to Boca will be quite difficult, there hasn’t been a movement of the situation,” Ricardo told Show de Boca, via Sport Witness.
“It happened only from a wish, we generated an inconvenience to Boca.
“Probably, I don’t know if Boca are in a position to face what Arsenal will ask for Lucas’s loan. I don’t know… Maybe for that money he can get a number 5 in South America.”
“Surely, I do not think Lucas will play for Arsenal this year. If it’s not Boca, his destiny will be Italy or France.
“We are left with the desire, instead of generating joy we generate an inconvenience to Boca’s leadership.”
Torreira does have two more years left to run on his contract at Arsenal, so a permanent move would certainly come at some cost.
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Moreover, the 25-year-old has had a disappointing year with Atletico, meaning his stock hasn’t risen by any means.
Fiorentina have been credited with interest in Torreira in the past, with the defensive-midfielder’s past experience suggesting he enjoys playing in Italy.
Torreira was snapped up by the Gunners for £25m from Sampdoria in 2018, but after a solid first season tailed off when Arteta took over.
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