Torreira’s agent says Ancelotti wanted him for Sampdoria

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Lucas Torreira of Arsenal battles for the ball with Fabian Ruiz of Napoli during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final First Leg match between Arsenal and S.S.C. Napoli at Emirates Stadium on April 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Lucas Torreira of Arsenal battles for the ball with Fabian Ruiz of Napoli during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final First Leg match between Arsenal and S.S.C. Napoli at Emirates Stadium on April 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

According to Pablo Betancur, his client had already a verbal agreement with Arsenal before Sampdoria showed their interest.

Uruguay national team footballer Lucas Torreira might have joined Italian Lega Serie A club Sampdoria instead of English Premier Leauge side Arsenal.

At least these are the words of his agent Pablo Bentacour, who said Carlo Ancelotti wanted the young player when he was in charge of the Italian team.

“Ancelotti wanted me to bring him to Napoli up until the last minute, but we already had a verbal agreement with Arsenal,” Betancour told Football Italia.

“He rang me personally to try and convince me, but I’m sorry I just couldn’t bring him to Napoli.”

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“In my opinion, Almendra is a phenomenon, he has great technical qualities and has the characteristics of Carlos Tevez.”

“Napoli wanted him, they made an offer to Boca, but they won’t sell him for a while yet. I think they still want him,” he added.

“We’ll have to see if he is able to bear the weight of playing for a big club like Napoli.”

“Valverde is a midfielder with great quality and would be a great signing for them. He is part of the great generation of Uruguayan midfielders that have been coming out in recent years,” he concluded.