Napoli Tipped to Make January Approach for Arsenal Midfielder Lucas Torreira

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira could be the subject of a January approach from Napoli as the Serie A club looks for reinforcements. A loan is believed to be their initial thought, but Napoli could also be tempted to make an offer for a permanent deal.

Torreira has had something of a rollercoaster experience since joining Arsenal from Sampdoria in the summer of 2018. The Uruguay international has emerged as a popular player with fans, but consistent playing time hasn’t always been easy to come by.

That being said, he has started both of the club’s last two Premier League games.

Lucas Torreira

Il Mattino writes that Napoli, who are also prioritising contract extensions for Piotr Zielinski, Arek Milik and Nikola Maksimovic, have eyes on a number of different midfield targets.

Brescia teenager Sandro Tonali is one, but a €50m price tag may be prohibitive. Morocco international Sofyan Amrabat is another, although FIFA rules would prevent him from playing until next season after playing for two clubs already in 2019/20.

While a future deal for Amrabat still looks likely to be arranged, Il Mattino explains that Napoli’s immediate priority is a player more in Torreira’s mould.

Lucas Torreira

The 23-year-old was previously of interest to Napoli during his time at Sampdoria, while Il Mattino argue that he will be on the market now that Unai Emery has been sacked – quite how accurate that claim is remains to be seen when, as already mentioned, Torreira has started both of Arsenal’s last two Premier League games under interim coach Freddie Ljungberg.

It is said that Napoli wish to test the waters with a loan proposal, but they could be tempted to offer €25m (£21.8m) for a permanent deal if Arsenal show an indication of wishing to cash in.

Arsenal are thought to have paid around £26m for Torreira, so that would represent a loss.

Reports back in November suggested that Torreira would be open to a move back to Italy.

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