ARSENAL face a huge battle to keep Lucas Torriera with AC Milan ready to pounce.
The combative midfielder has quickly become a fans’ favourite at the Emirates since his £26million move from Sampdoria last year.
But the 23-year-old seems to be unhappy with life in England and has told Arsenal he wants out, according to journalist Alfredo Pedulla.
Milan announced the arrival of former Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo last week.
And the new man in the hot seat wants a reunion with Torriera at the San Siro next season.
Milan have reportedly made a two-year loan bid worth£7m with a £34m right-to-buy option to be paid in a single instalment.
It is a similar deal agreed with Atalanta two years ago for Franck Kessie, but the club will immediately look to sell on the Ivory Coast star to make room for Torriera.
The Italian giants finished fifth last term and are looking to invest heavily in the squad in order to challenge the dominance of Juventus.
Bagging Torreira and tempting a Premier League player of his status back to the Italian top flight will be seen as a real statement of intent.
Gunners boss Unai Emery could ponder cashing in on the South American if a deal can be agreed with the Milan top brass.
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And with just £40million to work with this summer, Gunners boss Unai Emery could do with extra funds to strengthen his squad.
Torriera’s debut campaign in England started brightly, but his form dipped towards the end of the season.
But after the departure of Aaron Ramsey to Juve, another midfielder departing for Italy will be seen as a huge blow to their chances of challenging for silverware next term, unless the right replacement is found.