It’s news which will send nervous shivers running down the spines of supporters who remember the nervous summers wondering about the future of former stars such as Patrick Vieira and Cesc Fabregas.
The 22-year-old quickly became a fan favourite as the Gunners embarked upon a 22-match unbeaten run. A tenacious tackler, the midfielder is seen as the rock of Unai Emery’s side and expected to win the Arsenal Player of the Season.
Torreira cost £26.5m from Sampdoria in summer 2018 in what is being hailed as one of the best deals by any of the Premier League clubs.
With the club still uncertain of returning to the top four and Champions League, the Gunners are nervous about Europe’s elite picking off their talents. Next summer is set to be fraught as it is with Aaron Ramsey, 28, leaving the club on a free transfer, as is Danny Welbeck, 27, once he recovers from injury.
Interest from Europe’s big fish was always bound to surface and heaps even more pressure on the Gunners Europa League campaign. Having reached last season’s semi-finals, Emery is expected to go one better and win the cup.