Napoli to submit £21m transfer offer for Lucas Torreira if Arsenal reject loan deal

Lucas Torreira is pictured surrounded by bubbles before an Arsenal game
Torreira has repeatedly been linked with a return to Italy (Picture: Getty)

Napoli plan to offer £21million to Arsenal for Lucas Torreira if the Gunners turn down their loan offer for the midfielder, reports say.

Torreira fell down the pecking order at Arsenal before Unai Emery’s sacking and was regularly played out of his favoured defensive midfield position.

The Uruguayan has admitted this season has been difficult and he now has to prove himself to interim boss Freddie Ljungberg.

Torreira has played 90 minutes in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time this season under Ljungberg, but Il Mattino claim Napoli will push forward with plans to sign him in January.

Lucas Torreira goes by a Brighton player during an Arsenal game
Torreira remains a target for Napoli despite a change in manager (Picture: Getty)

Napoli will first test Arsenal’s resolve with a loan offer and should that be rejected, the Italians are prepared to submit a £21m offer.

The pursuit of Torreira will continue despite the exit of Carlo Ancelotti as manager this week.

Napoli named Gennaro Gattuso as their new coach and Torreira said his main goal for the future was to play.

‘My goal for the future is to play. I’m 23. All footballers want to play, to compete, to fight for your club. I want to help my team-mates to achieve our aims this season,’ he said.

‘The main thing for me to adapt to was the tempo here.

Lucas Torreira touches his lip in action for Arsenal
Torreira wants to play more (Picture: Getty)

‘When I arrived, I felt like I was lacking something, like the game was being played at a much faster pace.

‘But I worked hard, showed dedication and with the help of everyone at the club, I got myself on par with my teammates and opponents. Now, I feel very comfortable.

‘On a technical level, I think I’ve really improved and learned so many things. That’s mainly down to the calibre of players I have around me and train with every day.

‘It’s also down to the standard of player I’m coming up against every weekend.’

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