Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has admitted that a return to Serie A had been thought about for some time, with his loan move to Fiorentina having been confirmed.
The Uruguay international moves back to Italy on a season-long loan, with the Gunners having received a £1.2million loan fee for his services.
La Viola also hold an option to make the move a permanent one come the end of the season.
Torreira’s switch to Fiorentina marks his first return to Serie A since departing former employers Sampdoria for his move to the Emirates Stadium in 2018. The 25-year-old had also represented Pescara during his career.
Having endured an underwhelming spell on-loan at Atletico Madrid last season, despite winning the league with Diego Simeone’s men, Torreira admitted that a return to Italy has long been on his mind.
Talking to Fiorentina’s official website, he said: “I had already been thinking of returning to Italy for some time, and fortunately the proposal arrived from Fiorentina, who really wanted me.
“I am very happy to be here. [Daniele] Prade [Fiorentina Director] is a wonderful person and really helped me when I was at Sampdoria.
“I spoke often with him over the last few weeks. I’m also happy for him that this move went through, because he really was determined.”
Torreira could potentially be in line for his Fiorentina debut this weekend as they do battle with Torino. The midfielder has conceded that his decision to be included remains with Giuseppe Iachini, but expressed his excitement at making his first outing.
He continued: “I can’t wait to challenge myself with this team. It’s up to coach Italiano whether I am ready to play against Torino this weekend or not. Forza Viola!”
Torreira leaves Arsenal having made 89 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions and scoring four goals.
Source by Football London