Napoli plan to offer £21m to Freddie Ljungberg’s Arsenal for Lucas Torreira if the North London outfit turn down their loan offer for the star, reports say.
Torreira fell down the pecking order at the Emirates before Unai Emery’s sacking and was frequently played out of his favoured defensive midfield position.
The South American has admitted this season has been difficult and the star now has to prove himself to interim manager Freddie Ljungberg.
Torreira has played 90 minutes in back-to-back PL games for the first time this season under Freddie, but Il Mattino claim Napoli will push forward with plans to land him in January.
Napoli will first test the Gunners’ resolve with a loan offer and should that be snubbed, the Italians are prepared to submit a £21 million offer.
The pursuit of Torreira will continue in spite of the exit of Carlo Ancelotti as manager this week.
Napoli named Gennaro Gattuso as their new manager and Lucas said his main goal for the future was to play.
‘My goal for the future is to play. I’m 23. All footballers want to play, to compete, to fight for your club. I want to help my team-mates to achieve our aims this season,’ Lucas said.
Meanwhile, Barcelona have reportedly joined Arsenal in the race to land Chievo midfielder Emanuel Vignato.
While the 19-year-old ace has only contributed one goal from 12 matches in Serie B this season, a couple of high-profile clubs have been connected with an approach for the playmaker.