AC Milan are ready to give two players to Arsenal in exchange for Lucas Torreira, though a deal will be conditioned on the Gunners signing a replacement first.
While Torreira is not agitating for a move away from the Emirates this summer, he is open to going back to Italy and would be interested in reuniting with old Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo at San Siro.
But Gunners would exact a big profit on the £26m they paid for the Uruguayan last summer if they are to let him go, and Milan will grapple to meet those demands.
As per Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian club are consequently ready to add two players in a deal: midfielder Franck Kessie and left-back Ricardo Rodriguez.
Milan’s readiness to incorporate Kessie in a deal has already been reported, though the Serie A side’s valuation of about £35m – as well as the Gunners’ interest in other midfielders – could prove to be an obstacle.
The Rossoneri are more confident about Rodriguez being taken as part of a player-plus-cash deal, but, with Milan ‘convinced’ that the player is precisely what Unai Emery is looking for.
Gunners are in the market for a new left-back this summer, with Nacho Monreal expected to depart, and Rodriguez’s attacking intent and versatility – also able to play as a wing-back – is an excellent fit for Emery.
Gazzetta also state that Gunners will only let Torreira move if they get a replacement first, and Arsenal have identified Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos as the perfect replacement.
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The Spaniard is highly rated by Emery and Real need to sell after spending on signings this summer; the Liga giants want £45m, though a give-and-take will likely be found, and the possibility of bringing in both Rodriguez and Ceballos could tempt Gunners to let Torreira leave.
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