Following a noteworthy World Cup and Serie A campaign, Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira left Sampdoria this transfer window to complete a £27m move to Arsenal.
The 22-year-old was in demand for his impressive performance the last term and evidently, a portion of the top European clubs like Napoli, Borussia Dortmund and so forth all enquired about the midfielder’s availability.
However, it was the Gunners who moved all the more quickly to acquire the signature of the Uruguayan, agreeing to a £27 million deal which was worth more than Torreira’s release clause.
But, now in an amazing admission, his agent Pablo Bentancur has now proposed that he wanted to push his customer somewhere else before the Gunners bargain.
According to Bentancur, he desired to transfer his Uruguayan midfielder to Napoli but with the managerial multifaceted nature at the Neapolitans, who then had two managers in Carlos Ancelotti and Maurizio Sarri at one point before the latter’s departure, he couldn’t have a seat with Ancelotti and co. to hold an transfer discussion.
“It’s a pity, I’m sorry Ancelotti wasn’t there at the start of the negotiation,” Torreira’s agent Pablo Bentancur said.
“He’d have been a great help for Torreira, he has tremendous international experience. But then Lucas called me and he confirmed to me that negotiations with Arsenal were too advanced for any second thoughts.
“If Arsenal had collapsed then Napoli would have been perfect. Arsenal satisfied all of our requests, even paying € 5million more than the release clause.”
Betancur nevertheless furthermore included that at present, his client is more than upbeat at Arsenal and in spite of the midfielder’s failure to start a match under Unai Emery following three games the 22-year-old is well adjusting to the new life at Premier League.
“He’s adapting well to the Premier League, he’s settling well and he’s happy.”
The box to box midfielder who showed up 36 times for Sampdoria last season currently only has played 98 minutes of football but could get a start against Cardiff on Sunday.
Arsenal got their first win of the season against West Ham last weekend and they will certainly hope the same when they visit The Bluebirds as the Gunners looks to finish in the top four in the Premier League table at the end of the season.