Torreira is yet to make his full official debut for Arsenal though has appeared from the bench in all the Premier League games this season.
Lucas Torreira’s agent Pablo Bentacur has revealed that Napoli were presented with a chance to consider bringing Lucas at the start of the summer.
Speaking on Naples-based radio station Radio CRC, Bentacur said: “It’s a pity, I’m sorry Ancelotti wasn’t there at the start of the negotiation.
“He’d have been a great help for Torreira, he has tremendous international experience.
“But then Lucas called me and he confirmed to me that negotiations with Arsenal were too advanced for any second thoughts.
“If Arsenal had collapsed then Napoli would have been perfect.
“In the end, the Gunners satisfied our demands and they even were willing to pay €5million more than his release clause.
“The Premier League? He is adapting well to the league and he is happy to be here with Arsenal.”
Lucas Torreira was expected to come right into Arsenal’s eleven, but will now be facing competition from French starlet Matteo Guendouzi.
Despite the slow start, Torreira is happy and settling in at Emirates.
He told Arsenal’s official website: “I’m really happy. It’s all very new for me because I’ve come from a different type of league.
“The climate is different here and the way of life too, but I’m settling in nicely and training hard – the sessions are different too.
“The confidence will grow with every game, so that’s great.”
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