​Serie A giants ​AC Milan have reportedly offered Franck Kessie in exchange for ​Arsenal‘s tenacious midfielder Lucas Torreira, according to reports from Italian outlet ​Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Uruguayan international only joined the Gunners in 2018, signing from Sampdoria for a fee of £26 million. Having enjoyed a strong start to his career, he struggled for fitness and form towards the end of the season, like most of Unai Emery’s men.

Torreira has admittedly found it tough to settle in north London, and a move back to Italy might be on the cards. 

Milan head coach target Marco Giampaolo has reportedly hinted that signing the midfielder is his priority this summer, as the Italian giants failed to qualify for the Champions League and are now struggling to adhere to Financial Fair Play regulations. 

The proposed exchange deal would be fair, as Arsenal are also struggling with a restrained budget. 

The Ivorian midfielder would provide Arsenal with decent protection at the back, and is an excellent off the ball runner, with a mean shot from distance, and can provide Unai Emery’s team with a dynamic option in midfield.

The Gunners have been linked with Kessie before, dating back to his time at Atalanta. He is valued at around £35 million and is said to be keen on testing himself in the Premier League. 

Torreira, who is currently on international duty for the Copa America, was asked what he enjoys most about England last week and ​replied, “I don’t know if there are many things that I enjoy. I think it was better in Italy. England is a totally different world, a very large country.”

“The language [barrier] has cost me, to be able to relate with my peers and with the people. It is very difficult when you can’t have dialogue. And so is the climate. You go out in the morning and it is cloudy, you arrive late to your home and it is cloudy. 

‘It is strange a little bit, the sun, the more of us that we are here and we are accustomed to having always or almost always the sun. But as the years pass, I’m going to be adapting.”


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