Arteta responds to Torreira’s transfer request as Arsenal-owned midfielder seeks replacement for Boca Juniors

The artillery chief can understand why the Uruguayan radiates a desire to return to South America, but insists that no decision has been made

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta can understand why Lucas Torreira wants to secure a summer transfer to Boca Juniors, but the Spaniard says no decision has been made on the future of the Uruguayans.

The 25-year-old’s father has revealed that, after his mother’s death, he will be asked to return to South America in the next window – preferably to Argentina.

It seems like the Gunners are open to talks, given that they have sanctioned the seasonal transfer to loan at Atletico Madrid 2020-21, but Arteta wants to stress that there are no guarantees for the transfer.

What was said?

Asked about Torreir’s future and the comments that came out of his camp before the conflict between the quarterfinals of the Europa League and Slavia Prague, Arteta told reporters: “Of course we contacted him.

“We talked to him and we know how hard his time is. He was really attached to his mom and he was really attached to his family.

“He has a hard time, and a lot of thoughts go through his head emotionally. When things are like that, it’s not the time to make decisions.

“I understand how emotional he feels. He probably feels the need and responsibility to be closer to his family.

“But it is not the time to make any decisions, and it is certainly a decision that must be made by different parties. Now nothing will change. It’s just an interview with some comments. Let’s see what happens.

“We know that when you recruit players from a foreign country, when they sometimes struggle to adapt to a new culture, a new language and a new way of working. That risk exists and then you need to be able to manage that risk and make the right decisions at the right time. “

Where is Torreira at Arsenal?

The combat contractor was abducted by artillery in 2018.

Torreira played 89 games for Arsenal, scoring four goals, but found himself sliding down the key line after suffering an unfortunate ankle fracture in March 2020.

This led to the withdrawal of the loan, but atletico suffered further struggles for regular starts.

Another move could be on the cards, and Thomas Partey has filled the role of staying at the Emirates Stadium as further additions are sought in that part of the field.

The exit door may open for Torreira, who was a Boca boy, but there are a few discussions that need to be conducted before any agreement is reached.

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