AC Milan are set to cool their interest in Lucas Torreira and switch their focus to Sampdoria’s Dennis Praet.
Lucas Torreira enjoyed an impressive campaign following his move to Emirates last summer and fueled speculation surrounding his future by conceding he had struggled to acclimatise to life in the UK.
The Uruguayan’s admission has prompted Milan to test the waters and tempt the London club, who need to sell players to boost their measly £40 million transfer budget, to part company with the 23-year-old.
New Milan boss Marco Giampaolo worked with the midfielder during their time together at Sampdoria and had hoped to make the player the centrepiece of a new-look midfield.
The Serie A side, who were forced to withdraw from next season’s Europa League due to FFP breaches, are understood to have put together an audacious £4.5 million two-season loan deal, with an additional fee of around £25 million to make his move permanent at the end of that period.
The Gunners have dismissed that offer out of hand and given their determination to resist any offers for Lucas Torreira, Milan will now look elsewhere.
Dennis Praet have been the subject of join £41 million bid from Arsenal, who also want his teammate, Joachim Andersen, earlier in the window.
Sampdoria value the midfielder in the region of £25 million and the player’s representative had hoped that his client’s future would be resolved imminently when he spoke earlier this month.
‘Everybody knows what Giampaolo thinks of Dennis. For now, I can’t say anything else,’ said Martin Riha. ‘AC Milan is an important brand, it’s a big name. But there are also other clubs that want to sign him, especially abroad.’