According to La Repubblica, Sampdoria want to bring Lucas Torreira back to Serie A from Premier League leaders Arsenal.
We dont want to be too pessimistic, but lets just say Samp supporters should not set their hopes too high.
Torreira forged his name at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris between 2015 and 2018, putting him at the forefront of the Blucerchiatimidfield, pave the way for the 26 million move to North London after the Russia World Cup.
But the chances of Torreira returning to the point where it all began appear to be, let's say, slim.
La Repubblica, via Calciomercato, points out that Sampdoria is unwilling to give any player a contract worth more than 15,000-a-week, compared to the 65,000-a-week Torreira currently earns at the Emirates Stadium.
More importantly, Arsenal is holding out for a 13 million-euro transfer fee. Sampdoria have yet to spend an eight-figure sum since the summer of 2019.
Torreira is no longer on track to sealing a move away from an Arsenal team that, despite including him in their pre-season tour, appears to have pushed the diminutive South American further down the pecking order following the signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City.
My goal is to travel to Italy or Spain and play football. There is no chance that I will stay at Arsenal, Torreira said in June, lamenting Fiorentinas failure to transform his impressive loan spell at the Stadio Artemio Franchi into a permanent deal.
I wish I could have stayed in Fiorentina, but it was unable to do so due to a variety of issues.
Torreiras' agent claims that Valencia have reached an agreement with the 26-year-old. According to AS, Torreira is the club's top target, ahead of Tottenham's Harry Winks and Southampton's Ibrahima Diallo.
Torreira has a pre-agreement with Gattuso, according to his agent Pablo Bentancur.
Valencia is unsure if or not they will or will be able to meet Arsenal's 13 million asking price.