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 and Arsenal midfield maestro target Lucas Torreira will not be available for a penny less than his £22million release clause, ’s sporting director has confirmed.

Speaking in an interview on Rai Sport, as translated by the Liverpool Echo (11/06, 13:17), Carlo Osti made his emphatic statement about his side’s defensive midfielder, saying: “Torreira has a £22m release clause, everyone knows that, anyone who wants him will have to pay that.”

Everton, who were reported by CalcioMercato to be in the hunt, face tough competition to land Torreira, who was said to have almost joined with fellow Italian side Napoli in recent weeks, before talks broke down.

However, Arsenal are said by Sampnews24 to be nearing a deal for Torreira, as Unai Emery looks to strengthen his midfield, so Everton must move quickly.

The Uruguyuan international is on duty this Summer in Russia, and a solid performance could force Marco Silva’s hand into triggering his release clause before a rival does.

 

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