“There was the possibility” – Agent of Arsenal midfielder speaks out about failed move to AC Milan

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The representative of Uruguay international midfielder Lucas Torreira has revealed that Arsenal had ‘no intention’ of selling his client this summer.

Soon after the end of his first season with the Norht London club, Torreira suggested that he had struggled to settle in England while throwing open the possibility of making a return to Serie A having previously played for Sampdoria.

AC Milan – now who has been managed by Torreira’s ex-head-coach Marco Giampaolo – emerged as a potential destination for the Uruguayan forward, but agent Pablo Bentancur says that the Premier League giants were not interested in the parting way with the Uruguay international.

Bentancur told Tuttomercatoweb: “There was the possibility. Giampaolo is in the heart of Lucas, but Arsenal said he had no intention of selling the boy. Lucas is fine, the club are happy with him. This will be the year of consecration. With the Arsenal shirt.

“Milan is Milan, it will always be an important team, even if today it has some economic problems.”

Torreira has started the Gunners first two top-flight games on the substitutes’ bench.

Meanwhile, Arsenal will reportedly benefit from the youngster Jeff Reine-Adelaide’s move from Angers to the fellow French club Lyon thanks to the 20 per cent sell-on clause the Gunners agreed when he left the Emirates Stadium last year.

The star impressed in Ligue 1 last campaign and is now set to join Les Gones for £23m, with a possible £2.3 million in add-ons, reports the Evening Standard.

Arsenal management secured the sell-on clause when he joined permanently for Angers the previous summer so are set to earn around £5 million from the move this year.