Arsenal face losing £26m midfielder to Serie A rivals

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Marco Giampaolo has identified Lucas Torreira as his ‘dream’ target as he plans to take over as AC Milan manager.

Lucas Torreira completed a £26 million move from Sampdoria to Emirates last summer and the 23-year-old midfielder had a promising debut campaign in north London, making 50 appearances in all competitions.

However, Lucas Torreira admitted this week that he favoured living in Italy and Marco Giampaolo – who coached him at Sampdoria – is hoping to be reunited with the player next season, but Arsenal made it clear that the midfielder is not for sale this summer.

Milan are also looking to sign a centre-back in the coming months and are prioritising a move for Roma’s Kostas Manolas, who has a £32 million release clause in his deal at the Stadio Olimpico, and Italian side are demanding that Milan pay the full amount of they are serious about landing the 27-year-old.

Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren is being lined up as a possible alternative if Milan’s bid for Manolas fails.

Amid rumours linking him AC Milan, Lucas Torreira admitted that he’s found it difficult settling into life in England.

Questioned what he’s liked about moving country, Lucas Torreira replied: ‘I don’t know if there are many things that I enjoy. ‘I think it was better in Italy. England is a totally different world, a very large country.

‘The language [barrier] has cost me, to be able to relate with my peers and with the people. It is very difficult when you can’t have a dialogue.’