Arsenal appear to have been given a huge boost in the hunt to sign Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria, with reports stating that Napoli have ended their reported interest in the player.
The Gunners have been strongly linked with a move for the midfielder this summer but were set to be rivalled by Partenopei, who were recently taken over by Carlo Ancelotti.
It was understood that Serie A giants had agreed to pay Sampdoria the full extent of Lucas’ release clause, which is stated to be worth a sum of just €25m.
This showed that the Serie A side were in pole position to recruit the Uruguayan star. However, according to fresh reports from Italy, it looks like negotiations have broken down.
It’s claimed by Corriere del Mezzogiorno, as quoted by Football Italia, that after learning of the Gunners’ interest in signing him, Torreira demanded the excessive salary from Napoli when discussing a possible transfer.
The midfielder’s attempts to leverage Partenopei into offering him a salary stated to be worth €3m a year proved to be unsuccessful, it looks like, with Arsenal now appearing to be allowed a free run at signing the player.
The Premier League giants Arsenal have reportedly plotted a second offer for Liga NOS giants Sporting pacy winger Gelson Martins.
Reports in Portugal from A Bola, as quoted by Sport Witness claim that Arsenal have stepped up their reported interest with another and the same €30m bid.
The Gunners are said to have already failed with a €30m bid for the forward, who has long been connected with a move to the Emirates Stadium.
Unai Emery’s side appears to be stepping up their interest, in spite of not improving their offer, in a bid of forcing Sporting into selling.
The attacker does have a release (buy-out) clause in his current deal with Sporting worth €60 million, but that is improbable to be met in this transfer market.
Gelson Martins is said to be interested in completing a move to Arsenal, following a controversial end to the campaign in Portugal.
Bruno de Carvalho’s actions have seen a host of players push for transfers away from the club this summer, with a free transfer not out of the question following the latest events in Lisbon.
Arsenal will face rivalry from the Premier League rivals Tottenham in the race to land Rafinha from Barcelona in this transfer window.
The Spanish daily sports newspaper Sport, as quoted on Calcio Mercato, state that Spurs have now expressed a keen interest in the player.
Inter are also in the race to sign the player after he made an impression while on loan at the San Siro in the second half of last campaign as Rafinha made 18 appearances, netted 2 goals and provided 3 assists.
After qualifying for the Champions League, Nerazzurri are looking to bolster their squad and add quality in important zones.
The Gunners have been connected with a move for the Brazilian midfielder, with Spanish coach Unai Emery said to be a fan of the star.
His long-term future emerges to be away from Blaugrana after falling out of favour at the Camp Nou, which resulted in him leaving on loan previous season.
Tottenham Hotspur themselves are also looking to strengthen their squad ahead of the new Premier League term in an effort to build on their third-place finish.