Lucas Torreira’s dad confirms the midfielder’s No.1 is to join Boca Juniors, but reveals that Brazilian teams have also made ‘approaches’, with the Arsenal man looking to return to South America because he’s’ alone suffers in Europe ‘after the death of his mother.
- Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira wants to play in South America next season
- The 25-year-old is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid in Spain
- He wants to be closer to his family after the death of his mother from Covid
- Boca Juniors is his ‘dream’ move, but several Brazilian parties are also interested
Sealing a move to Boca Juniors is Lucas Torreira’s ‘priority’ this summer, but he will also consider signing with a Brazilian club, according to his father, as he ‘suffers a lot alone in Europe’ after his mother’s sudden death. .
The midfielder, who is currently on loan to Arsenal’s Atletico Madrid, stated that he wants to return home to play in South America after his mother Viviana Di Pascua tragically passed away at the age of 53 after contracting the coronavirus.
Uruguayan international Torreira is a Boca Juniors youth fan and confirmed this would be his ‘dream move’ in an emotional statement about his future.
Lucas Torreira recently announced that he wanted to return to South America this summer
Torreira, who grew up in the town of Fray Bentos in his native Uruguay, located next to the border with Argentina and just hours from the capital Buenos Aires where Boca is located, said: “It’s not a crazy decision on the part of my mother. I’ve always said I want to play for Boca. I can’t wait to play for Boca and I always will.
The night my mother died, my agent was one of the first to hear the news. I don’t want to play in Europe anymore, I want to play for Boca.
‘I want to be close to my family. My dad told me crying it was time to play for Boca. I have always loved Boca, I have yet to experience La Bombonera, it is something that I have deep down and I have to indulge myself. ‘
Torreira wants to be closer to his family after his mother (right) passed away after contracting Covid-19
His father Ricardo (left) said his son suffers a lot alone in Europe after his mother’s death
Torreira’s father, Ricardo, confirmed that joining Boca is their No. 1 option, but also claimed to have received offers for his son’s services from a number of Brazilian teams.
Speak to Radio Continental as directed TyC Sports, he said: ‘Lucas doesn’t know Argentina but has been a Boca fan since he was a boy. Obviously the first option for him, but I’ve already received other calls from Brazilian teams in case Boca doesn’t happen.
‘Lucas suffers a lot to be there alone in Europe, we see how we can join him for this month and a half until the end of the season. When you lose someone as dear to us, you realize that life is passing you by. If Lucas wants to come to Boca, let him come. ‘
He added: ‘We want to resolve his departure from Arsenal first and then sit down with Boca. If they find it helpful to have Lucas as the player, they will exhaust the resources to come to an agreement.
Arsenal lender’s dream would be to sign for Boca Juniors, but he also has options in Brazil
“It is clear that Boca will have to pay a transfer fee, Arsenal wants something in return.”
Torreira still has a year to go on his contract with Arsenal, but he is reportedly exceeding demands at the club after the arrival of Thomas Partey, who saw him go in the opposite direction of Atlético Madrid in the summer on a season-long loan.
However, he has struggled to impress under Diego Simeone this season, playing just 629 minutes in all competitions.
The 25-year-old joined Arsenal in a £ 26.5 million deal from Sampdoria in 2018, but never quite managed to secure a starting place in his three years with the club.
The Uruguayan has a year to go with his deal with Arsenal, but falls short of the club’s demands