La Liga giants held negotiations with €30m-rated Arsenal star

Atletico Madrid’s hunt to sign Lucas Torreira from the London giants, but it seems like they would rather sell him to anyone else. There are so many things to love about football, but the unrelenting pettiness of those who run football teams often goes under the radar, especially in the transfer market.

We’ve seen it so many times that teams will happily trade with each other if they stay on good terms, but as soon as things get a bit prickly then negotiations can be tough.

The reason for this goes back to the Spanish club’s stance over Thomas Partey when the Gunners were trying to sign him. The Los Rojiblancos were solid in their negotiating stance and refused to concede any ground to London club when it came to his release fee.

Of course, that’s fine and they are within their rights to do that, but it now looks like the London club are being very unaccommodating in the negotiations over Uruguay international’s sale, so he might not move to La Liga after all.

They even suggest that Torino have shown an interest and Lucas would happily return to Serie A, so La Liga giants’ opportunities aren’t looking good at this point.

That report also indicated that Torreira wanted to come back to Italy and Torino had emerged as his preferred destination, but that move is now looking impossible after this.

That sounds like bad news for the Gunners if they are relying on selling the Uruguayan to finance the signing of any incoming midfielders, so clearly one side will need to dramatically shift their position to get a deal done here.