Arsenal Outcast Open to Roma Move After Chat with Mourinho

Ex-Fiorentina loanee Lucas Torreira left Serie A after the club decided not to extend his stay at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, leaving the midfielder disappointed, but he could return later in the summer as Roma and Juventus are on his trail. He is not in Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta’s plans for next season and has urged the club to let him go, preferably back to Italy or Spain, where he spent 2020/21 on loan at Atletico Madrid.

The defensive midfielder enjoyed a successful spell in Viola colors and quickly becoming a fan favorite for his work rate on the pitch. He could return to the Peninsula but to another historic club, apart from the Florence natives.

Torreira himself revealed how capital club Roma could be an option for him in the future after he held talks with none other than coach Jose Mourinho in an exclusive interview to Uruguayan outlet El Pais (via Calciomercato). 

“I spoke to Mourinho sometime ago. He’s a coach I admire, and it’s a possibility that seduces me. But it’s not easy.”

The former Sampdoria man has always been vocal about opting for Italy to continue his career, having first started playing professionally for Pescara in Serie B. Juventus are another club interested in him. He garnered 5 goals in 35 caps for Fiorentina last season, helping them to a seventh-place finish in the top-tier and thus qualifying for the Europa Conference League play-offs. The Viola could have kept him for €15M, and that is believed to still be his price tag, Corriere della Sera informs.