Boca Juniors preparing bid for Arsenal outcast Lucas Torreira

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Mikel Arteta is unlikely to want Lucas Torreira back at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)

Boca Juniors are readying a bid for Arsenal outcast Lucas Torreira this summer, believing they can tempt the midfielder to Buenos Aires as he is a fan of the club.

The 25-year-old is on loan at Atletico Madrid this season after falling down the pecking order at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta.

The move has not really worked out for him and he has made just three La Liga starts for Diego Simeone’s side and none in the Champions League.

It is unlikely that Atletico will want to extend his stay in the Spanish capital and the Gunners are also unlikely to want him back in north London, leaving an exit the most probably outcome.

Boca are hoping to take advantage of the situation, and while the transfer fee could be a problem as he has two years left on his Arsenal deal, they hope that his support of the club could help all parties reach an agreement,’ report ESPN.

‘My love for Boca was born many years ago,’ Torreira told ESPN last year.

‘We are a very footballing family and Uruguayans watch a lot of Argentine football, and I have been passionate about Boca from a very young age.’

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Torreira has not made much of an impact at Atletico Madrid (Picture: Getty Images)

Things had looked promising for Torreira at Arsenal when he signed from Sampdoria in 2018, but his initial promise waned.

Simeone was then excited to work with him and had high praise for the battling midfielder when he joined the club.

‘He is a hard worker, we are going to need him, he competes very well,’ Simeone told Marca in October.

‘He will give us a lot of strength in the middle when he takes the form, he will generate more speed in the exit of the ball, hopefully, he will take the best form. He’s a guy who’s going to give absolutely everything.’

However, the relationship has not borne much fruit and Arteta has been left a bit frustrated with the Uruguay international barely playing while on loan.

‘I’m more happy with some than others, obviously because you want to see your players playing regularly and that’s not been the case (with Torreira),’ Arteta told a press conference this week.

‘‘That will be a thing that we will have to address at the end of the season.

‘We loaned them because we obviously want to give them some game time and see the level that they can perform at away from here to try to develop them and try to bring them back here to use them and be part of us, that’s the first idea.

‘After that we will evaluate what they have done, what level they’ve shown and how much they can accomplish with the way we want to play and the squad that we have in our hands.’

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