Agent confirms Arsenal talks for powerhouse, free agent deal to be hijacked? Gunners legend make stunning Torreira exit claim
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Ray Parlour has claimed that Arsenal may be powerless to prevent Lucas Torreira from leaving the club this summer.
Now that the transfer window has opened up, there has already been a lot of transfer talk about whom Gunners boss Unai Emery could acquire and help get the club back challenging for the Premier League titles and playing Champions League football.
But one of his summer recruits from last season has taken the headlines over the past few days after opening up about his future plans after Arsenal, with Torreira hinting that he would be open to the idea of making a quick return to Seria A.
The Uruguay international has become an integral part of Emery’s plans this season, with many believing he is one of the best buys of last summer’s transfer window.
It’s understood C Milan’s new manager, Marco Giampaolo, has identified Torreira as his ‘dream’ signing after working with the Uruguayan at Sampdoria, and legend Parlour believes Unai Emery will hold discussions with Torreira over his future, with the club reportedly preparing for a bidding war in the coming weeks.
‘The players have got all the power these days, I must admit,’ Parlour told The Daily Star.
‘I think that sometimes the family doesn’t settle, but we’ll have to see with that situation.
‘He’s a good little player, but he felt the pace towards the end of the season and dropped off a little bit.
‘He had a really good start to his Arsenal career and looked a really lively character, which we’ve been lacking. ‘But again, as a manager and club, you’ll sit down and find out why he’s not enjoying it.’
William Saliba’s agent has confirmed Arsenal are in talks to sign the Saint-Etienne defender.
Breaking into Saint-Etienne’s first-team in September, Saliba had an outstanding debut season in France and caught the attentions of the Premier League’s elite with his performances.
Gunners boss Unai Emery have been keeping close tabs on Saliba’s progress and reports this weekend claim that Arsenal are looking to hold talks over a possible deal for the centre-back.
Saliba, who is valued at around €30 million (£26m) by Saint-Etienne, has also impressed the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham over the past 12 months.
The Ligue 1 club are said to be open to selling the 18-year-old Frenchman this summer, but only if an interested club stumps up around €30m and then loans him back for the upcoming season.
The Gunners will reportedly bring in the teenage centre-back this summer, with personal terms said to have already been agreed and his agent has revealed that Arsenal are continuing talks about a possible move.
“Of course Arsenal are interested in signing him and we are talking,” Djibril Niang said. “We will see what happens.”
Fresh reports have claimed Manchester United are seeking to offer Arsenal target Adrien Rabiot €8m-a-year plus a signing-on bonus of €10m to sign up.
Rabiot is one of the most gifted midfielders in world football and is being chased by some of the biggest clubs in world football after clubs learned that he would be leaving PSG at the end of the season after failing to agree a new contract with the French giants.
However, there has been some talk in the media which have suggested that he is all set to sign for Arsenal at the end of the season, with the Gunners reportedly offering him a deal that trumps the one United are preparing to offer.
But now the to Soccer Link, United will offer Rabiot a salary of €8m-a-year plus a signing-on bonus of €10m.
United are on the lookout for two midfielders this summer to replace Marouane Fellaini, who left for the Chinese Super League in January, and Ander Herrera, who has also been linked with a move to La Liga.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to get as many new faces through the door as possible as he plots a revamp and hopes to get his United side back challenging for the Premier League title and reportedly believes Rabiot will indeed improve the side.
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