Arsenal set condition for Lucas Torreira to leave the club after plea to join Boca Juniors

Arsenal set price tag for Lucas Torreira to leave the club after plea to join Boca Juniors
The Uruguayan midfielder is eager to return to South America (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal are prepared to let Lucas Torreira leave the club this summer but will only sanction a transfer if they receive a significant fee, according to reports.

The midfielder, who has been on loan at Atletico Madrid this season, revealed last week that he wants to return to South America to play for Boca Juniors following the death of his mother due to coronavirus.

But Arsenal paid a significant fee of £26million for Torreira just three years ago when he joined from Sampdoria.

Arsenal's Lucas Torreira SD Eibar v Atletico de Madrid - La Liga Santander
Torreira has barely featured for Atletico since joining on loan (Picture: Getty)

While the north London club do not expect to make their money back in full – particularly after his disappointing loan with Atletico – they do want to minimise their loses.

According to ESPN, Arsenal will not let Torreira leave for less than £15m, but that is a fee that Boca will struggle to stump up and would smash their transfer record.

The Argentinian club are not big spenders at the best of times, let alone in a pandemic, with the £10.8m they spent on Juan Roman Riquelme back in 2007 still their record signing.

Arsenal’s high asking price could end Torreira’s hopes of returning to South America, with a move back to Italy – or another loan – more likely.

Mikel Arteta was asked about the midfielder’s future prior to the side’s Europa League quarter-final clash with Slavia Prague and replied: ‘Of course we contacted him.

‘We have spoken to him and we know how difficult a time this is for him. He was really attached to his mum and he’s really attached to his family.

Arsenal's Lucas Torreira Atletico Madrid v Valencia - La Liga Santander
Torreira’s preference is to join Boca Juniors this summer (Picture: Getty)

‘It’s a hard time for him and emotionally there is a lot of thoughts that will go through his mind. When things are like that, it’s not the moment to make decisions.

‘I understand how he’s feeling emotionally. He probably feels the need and responsibility to be closer to his family.

‘But it’s not the moment to make any decisions and it certainly is a decision that has to be made by different parties. Now, nothing is going to change. It’s just an interview with some comments. Let’s see what happens.

‘We know that when you recruit a player from a foreign country, when they have that struggle sometimes to adapt to a new culture, a new language, a new way of doing things. This risk is there and then you have to be able to manage that risk and make the right decisions at the right time.’

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