Arsenal are confident that they can keep midfielder Lucas Torreira despite strong interest from AC Milan, according to one report.

The Uruguay international has been strongly linked with a move to San Siro this summer, which would in the process reunite him with Marco Giampaolo, the head coach under whom he thrived at Sampdoria.

Reports earlier on Tuesday suggested that Torreira had even asked Arsenal to allow him to move to Milan, and that the Gunners would demand €40million to facilitate a transfer.

However, football.london provide an update on the situation by stating that although Torreira ‘has been frank about his preference for life in Italy over England’, he has ‘not told the club hierarchy that he wants to leave’.

In addition, the Gunners will reportedly ‘not consider doing a deal with any suitor unless the player tells them he wants to move’ or if an offer arrives that is ‘too good to be refused’.

The outlet states that any offer would have to be significantly more than the terms reported in the Italian press, which is a two-year loan worth around €8m followed by a mandatory payment of €38m to make the deal permanent.

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