Napoli’s hopes of smoothly securing Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira have been dealt a blow by the emergence of interest from Arsenal, who are ready to move for the Uruguay international.
Torreira enjoyed a stellar season at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, and after breaking into his national squad in time for the World Cup, has become the focus of attention from clubs in Serie A and beyond.
Having appeared to fight off the competition to secure a deal, Napoli are now facing the prospect of potentially losing their key target to Arsenal, with La Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that the Gunners have begun talks with Sampdoria.
The 22-year-old is believed to be keen on a move to the Premier League, but Napoli retain hope of securing his transfer after previously negotiating a deal in principle.
Indeed, Partenopei president Aurelio De Laurentiis has agreed a transfer of €25-€30 million for Torreira, and is ready to pay above the midfielder’s €25m release clause in order to secure a swift resolution.
This deal is dependent on current Napoli star Jorginho completing his expected switch to Manchester City over the coming week, with De Laurentiis ready to finalise a deal for Torreira as a replacement..