Napoli interested in signing of Arsenal defensive midfielder

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Napoli prepare to offer £21million to Arsenal for Lucas Torreira if the Gunners turn down their loan suggestion for the midfielder, reports say.

Lucas Torreira fell down the pecking order at Arsenal before Unai Emery’s sacking and was usually played out of his favoured defensive midfield position.

The Uruguayan defensive midfielder has admitted this campaign has been challenging and he now has to prove himself to interim manager Freddie Ljungberg.

Lucas Torreira has played 90 minutes in back-to-back Premier League matches for the first time this campaign under Freddie Ljungberg, but Il Mattino claim Napoli will force forward with plans to sign him in January.

Napoli will first test Arsenal’s resolve with a loan suggestion and should that be denied, the Italians are prepared to submit a £21m offer.

The pursuit of Lucas Torreira will continue notwithstanding the exit of Carlo Ancelotti as manager this week.

Napoli named Gennaro Gattuso as their new head coach, and Lucas Torreira said his main goal for the future was to play.

‘My goal for the future is to play. I’m 23. All footballers want to play, to compete, to fight for your club. I want to help my team-mates to achieve our aims this season,’ he said.

‘The main thing for me to adapt to was the tempo here.