Fiorentina are increasingly interested in the signature of Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira. However, the two clubs are some way apart in regards to the asking price.
That is according to a report from La Nazione this week.
They claim that Fiorentina are indeed still keen on a move for the Arsenal player, after initially being linked earlier this month.
However, it is being claimed that Arsenal want €30 million (£27m) for the player, placing him firmly out of La Viola’s price range.
Fiorentina’s current sporting director is Daniele Prade, who was at Sampdoria at the same time as the current Arsenal star.
It is reported he is key to the Serie A club’s pursuit of Torreira. However, at that asking price, any deal is currently a non-starter.
Earlier this month, the 24-year-old confirmed to Radio Station Sport890 that he would leave if Arsenal wanted to move him on, saying it would ‘be for the best’. He also made it clear his desire to play regularly.
“Last season I played continuously, this one less so,” he stated. “This year has been more complicated: I have lost continuity and confidence. I do not like this. At this age I need to play to be called up for the national team.”
The combative midfielder struggled for game time after the Premier League restart, mostly featuring as a late substitute.
With that in mind, he has been linked with a return to Italy on numerous occasions this summer.
However, that £27 million valuation appears to suggest that Arsenal still consider Torreira a valuable member of the Gunners’ first-team picture under Mikel Arteta. Hopefully, he can push on next term and demonstrate some of the early form that impressed Arsenal fans upon his initial Emirates arrival.