AC Milan preparing audacious two-year loan bid to sign Lucas Torreira from Arsenal

AC Milan are keen to bring Lucas Torreira back to Italy this summer (Picture: Getty)

AC Milan are accelerating their interest in Lucas Torreira and aim to test Arsenal’s resolve with a two-year loan bid and an option to buy for the combative midfielder.

According to Sky in Italy, Milan are looking to offer £4.5m to take Torreira on loan until the end of the 2020-21 campaign with a view to making it permanent for an additional £25m fee.

The 23-year-old, who played for Pescara and Sampdoria prior to joining Arsenal last summer, is said to be interested in a return to Italy after struggling to settle in London.

Milan’s appointment of Marco Giampaolo is another attraction for Torreira as he flourished during two seasons working with the Italian tactician in his time with Sampdoria.

Torreira’s former manager at Sampdoria Marco Giampaolo is the new AC Milan boss (Picture: Getty)

Torreira reaffirmed his commitment to Arsenal earlier this week, saying: ‘Nobody from AC Milan has got in touch with me, today I’m in the Premier [League] and happy to be part of the Arsenal.

‘It cost me the adaptation, it’s not easy, but I only think about that team. I’m happy to be there.’

Nevertheless, Milan appear to be growing increasingly confident that they can lure him back to Serie A as they bid to assemble a squad capable of finishing in the top-four next season.

Giampaolo has also been linked with moves for Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen, both of whom are reportedly on Unai Emery’s transfer wishlist.

It seems unlikely that Arsenal would be willing to allow Torreira to leave on loan considering they spent £23m to sign him from Sampdoria a year ago while he impressed overall during his debut season.

Emery is also operating under a strict transfer budget of around £45m this summer and he would have to find a replacement for Torreira if he were allowed to depart.

Although Torreira’s form dipped towards the end of last season, he still made 34 Premier League appearances for the Gunners, scoring two goals and registering two assists.


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