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Arsenal had no intention of selling Lucas Torreira to AC Milan, says agent

By Ben Green

Published: 17:05, 20 August 2019

The agent of Lucas Torreira admits there was a “possibility” his client could have joined AC Milan earlier this summer, but Arsenal rejected the move.

The Uruguayan cast doubt on his Arsenal future in June by telling reporters he “doesn’t know if there are many things he enjoys in England”.

Torreira unhappy at Arsenal? Five things to know…

  • Torreira played 50 matches in all competitions in 2018/19 after joining Arsenal from Sampdoria last summer.
  • But, having spent the previous five years in Italy, he admitted to feeling homesick in England.
  • His former manager at Sampdoria, Marco Giampaolo, took over at AC Milan this summer.
  • As such, the midfielder’s agent spoke publicly about a potential move to the San Siro.
  • Arsenal refused to consider any transfer and the agent expects Torreira to fully settle this season.

Agent Pablo Bentancurt also fanned the flames after he told Italian media that Marco Giampaolo, manager of Milan and Torreira’s former boss at Sampdoria, is “special for Lucas”.

After two months of speculation, Bentancurt has once again addressed the issue. While he reiterated the affection shared between Giampaolo and Torreira, Torreira’s representative now insists the South American is “fine” at Arsenal after the club refused to sanction his departure.

“There was the possibility,” he told TMW when quizzed on whether Milan were eyeing up Torreira.

“Giampaolo is in the heart of Lucas. But Arsenal said they had no intention of selling the boy. Lucas is fine, the company is 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.”

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“Now it feels more like home”

Despite initially admitting to feeling homesick earlier this summer, the diminutive midfield enforcer recently spoke about being more at ease in London.

In an interview with FourFourTwo last month, he said: “It’s been a pretty big change for me, coming from Sampdoria.

“Genoa is a much smaller city than London, but every week I feel more comfortable and learn new things about the way of life.

“When I arrived, we saw traditional landmarks like Buckingham Palace, trying to get my bearings.

“Now it feels more like home.”

Torreira is yet to start a game for this season for Arsenal, who next face Liverpool away on Saturday.