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Arsenal face Lucas Torreira battle as AC Milan hold talks with representatives

Torreira appeared to bed in superbly at the Gunners, making a remarkable 50 appearances in his debut season at the Emirates.

The Uruguayan also formed a formidable partnership alongside fellow new boy Matteo Guendouzi in the first half of the season, as he helped Unai Emery’s men go on a 22-match unbeaten run.

However, his performances on the pitch don’t appear to reflect how Torreira has settled in to life in London.

Speaking while on international duty in his homeland, the 23-year-old revealed his concerns about living in England.

“I think it was better in Italy”

Lucas Torreira

He also admitted he preferred his time in Italy whilst with Sampdoria – sparking interest from the Serie A.

“I don’t know if there are many things that I enjoy,” Torreira told Ovacion.

“I think it was better in Italy. England is a totally different world, a very large country.

“The language [barrier] has stopped me, to be able to relate with my team-mates and with the people. It is very difficult when you can’t have dialogue.

“And so is the climate. You go out in the morning and it is cloudy, you arrive late to your home and it is cloudy.

“It is strange a little bit, the sun, the more of us that we are here and we are accustomed to having always or almost always the sun. But as the years pass, I’m going to be adapting.”

According to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, AC Milan appear to have been the quickest to react to Torreira’s comments, and have made contact with the players agent.

Arsenal signed the holding midfielder for around £26m last summer, but his value is likely to have increased after a fine season in the Premier League, with the report suggesting he will now cost upwards of £35m.


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