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Italian giants leading the way to sign unsettled Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira

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AC Milan and Napoli are reportedly leading the way to sign unsettled Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira who is open to leaving the Gunners.

The Uruguayan has been unhappy about the use of his capabilities under manager Unai Emery. The Spanish coach has been adamant to play the midfielder in an advanced creative role instead of his normal deep-lying position.

The 23-year-old’s agent has recently stated that his client is considering a move away from the Emirates but is content with staying at the club.

Both AC Milan and Napoli have been heavily linked with the signature of the diminutive midfielder as the midfielder has great potential and already has a great knowledge of the Italian top-flight.

Torreira joined Arsenal from Serie A side Sampdoria in the summer of 2018, where he was heavily impressive in the mid-table side as well as in the World Cup with Uruguay.

His superb performances led the Gunners to splash £26m on a player, who not many people outside of Italy knew about due to his unassuming rise to the top.

In the first half of his debut campaign, he impressed the Arsenal supporters so much that he was drawing comparisons to Chelsea midfielder N’golo Kante.

The midfielder was visibly tired during the latter stages of the season, which was expected considering his involvement in Uruguay’s run in the World Cup prior to the start of the Premier League season.

This season, he has been unable to showcase his talent in the English top-flight as he has been mostly starting for the Gunners in the cup competitions.

In the games he has started in the Europa League, Arsenal have won all their games, only conceding two goals in three games.

In the Premier League, Emery has opted for midfielders such as Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi to start ahead of the Uruguay international.

He has used the midfielder in rotation and has often deployed the destroyer at an attacking role to the displeasure of Torreira and the fans.

A move back to Serie A might do Torreira some favours but both Milan and Napoli are in a turmoil of their own.

Milan, who have been a sleeping giant for years, are currently in 14th place having already changed managers this season.

Meanwhile, Napoli are in 7th, which has been heavily disappointing considering that under former manager Maurizio Sarri, they were title contenders.

Carlo Ancelloti’s players have also come under heavy criticism from the ultras, causing a divide between the club and its supporters.

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