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Milan plans summer move for Arsenal midfielder

Torreira can be on his way to Milan

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira might be on his way to Italy as Milan plan a move for him in the summer

A report claims that AC Milan has resumed contacts with the agent of Lucas Torreira over the possibility of a summer move. It is unclear as to whether Arsenal’s boss Mikel Arteta has Torreira in his plans for next season. However, it seems that Torreria certainly has a move back to Italy in mind.

AC Milan currently has eight midfielders in their squad. This is very common across most football teams. However, they have three defending midfielders. They are Ismael Bennacer, Franck Kessie, and Lucas Biglia. In the current 2019-20 season, Milan has scored only 1.1 goals per game, scoring 28 goals in total. At the same time, they have conceded 34 goals at a rate of 1.3 goals per match. A lot of this is a result of poor defending, poor creativity in the midfield, and poor finishing by the forwards.

Bennacer and Biglia
Ismael Bennacer (Right) and Lucas Biglia (Left)
Courtesy: SempreMilan

While the job of the defenders, the job of a defending midfielder is to act as a screen in front of the defenders. He is expected to be the first to break down attack while at the same time linking the defense with the players up the field. In Milan, the defending midfielders are underperforming. Bennacer is the only one of the three who is playing on top of his game. Although Kessie has made most of the appearances, he has been unconvincing. Biglia is a veteran of the game and is 34-years-old now, which has restricted him to only seven appearances.

Thus it makes sense for Milan to target Torreira. The Uruguayan is a really solid defensive midfielder as he has shown for club and country.

But will Arsenal let him go?

What is unclear is Arsenal’s stance on this matter. The previous manager Unai Emery would play Torreira out of position on multiple occasions. Upon the arrival of Arteta, Torreira found himself in his preferred defending midfield position.

However, his playing times have been limited. A lot has been written about how Arteta does not see Matteo Guendouzi as a part of his system. However, the truth is that Guendouzi has played almost the same number of matches as Torreira. The French have played 22 matches and the Uruguayan 24.

Guendouzi and Torreira have played almost the same number of matches
Guendouzi and Torreira have played almost the same number of matches
Courtesy: Mirror

Never has Torreira been shy about returning to Italy. He had played in that country previously for Pescara and Sampdoria. He has always shared a good bond with the country and his friends there. The strong bond has turned into nostalgia, and his agent is now at work to look after the desires of his client by probing the ground with some Serie A club.

The Uruguay international has apparently used his agent to send signals to Milan regarding his openness to return to Italy and join the Rossoneri, where he would be a key part of the project.

Torreira’s current market value is €36 million. If the deal really goes through, Arteta might need to stick with Guendouzi. The transfer money can be either be invested in buying a new defending midfielder or can facilitate the move for Carlos Soler from Valencia.

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