Lucas Torreira fumes after transfer from Arsenal to Fiorentina falls through

Lucas Torreira has slammed Fiorentina for “acting in a bad way” after his move away from Arsenal collapsed beneath his feet.

The Uruguayan hit the ground running when he moved to the Emirates in 2018, scoring several important goals, including a bicycle kick against Huddersfield.

His tremendous performances earned him a whopping five consecutive Man of the Match awards, and ESPN’s Bill Barnwell named him the third-best signing of the Premier League season.

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However, his form eventually dipped, and he was then sent on loan to Atletico Madrid. The Uruguayan went on to make 19 La Liga appearances.

But after returning to Arsenal, Mikel Arteta still didn’t see the midfielder as part of his long-term plans.

Consequently, Torreira packed his bags and headed on loan once more—this time to Italy. The 26-year-old loved his time at Fiorentina and expected to make a permanent move at the end of the season. Alas, that hasn’t exactly worked out for him.

Lucas Torreira stuck at Arsenal – for now

Despite producing dazzling showings and helping the side secure a place in the Europa Conference League, everything has gone wrong for the player. The Italian side originally had an option to buy for £12.5 million, but instead of utilising it, they attempted to secure a lower price. This resulted in the collapse of the deal.

Torreira hasn’t taken the news particularly well. He’s taken to Instagram to express his frustrations.

Torreira said (quotes via Daily Mirror): “Dear ‘Tifosi’ from ACF Fiorentina. Unfortunately, the time has come to say goodbye. It is with great sadness that my relationship with ACF Fiorentina ends. Club that gave me so much love and support all this time. From the beginning they made me feel at home.”

He continued: “I discovered a wonderful city that was always kind to me, both on and off the pitch. They always showed me affection, respect, and for that, I will always be grateful. Thanks to his trust, I was able to find the continuity and level I wanted. I owe that to my teammates and all the fans who gave us energy game by game.

“Know that I always left everything on the field of play for these colours. Special thanks to all the club staff; cooks, props, manager, physiotherapist and security. They are the fundamental piece for the functioning of this institution.

“Know that I did my best to continue being part of this club, but unfortunately, there were those who, acting in a bad way, according to my understanding, managed to prevent this from happening, and that is why I have to leave. I wish you the best for the future. They will have one more fan cheering from wherever I have to be.”

For the time being, Torreira will have to plan for life back in London. He could, however, still secure a move away from the club this summer.

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