AC Milan to return with fresh move for Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira this summer

Lucas Torreira
Lucas Torreira will be the subject of transfer speculation again this summer (Picture: Getty Images)

AC Milan are ready to reignite their interest in Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira this summer after considering a move for him last year, according to reports in Italy.

Torreira arrived in north London in the summer of 2018, signing for around £26m from Sampdoria and he made an encouraging start to life in England, making 50 appearances in all competitions in his first season with the Gunners.

However, in June last year Torreira admitted that he was struggling adapt to life in London and preferred his time in Italy, where he played for Pescara before joining Sampdoria.

AC Milan looked to make the most of the Uruguayan’s unrest, but Arsenal had no intention of selling him and the move never got off the ground.

The Italian giants still hold an interest in the 24-year-old, though, and Corriere dello Sport reports that they will make a move as and when the transfer window reopens.

The Italian publication reports that Arsenal would want around £40m for Torreira, which may prove difficult for AC Milan, but they will look to do a deal nonetheless.

Interest last summer had been put down, largely to Marco Giampaolo being in charge of AC Milan, having managed Torreira in his previous job at Sampdoria.

Asked about Milan’s interest in signing the Uruguayan last August, his agent Pablo Bentancur told TMW: ‘There was the possibility. Giampaolo is in the heart of Lucas.

‘But Arsenal said he had no intention of selling the boy. Lucas is fine, the club are happy with him. This will be the year of consecration. With the Arsenal shirt.

‘Milan is Milan, it will always be an important team, even if today it has some economic problems.’

Giampaolo lasted just seven games in charge of Milan before being sacked and Stefano Piolo now manages the Rossoneri.

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