Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira could have signed for Napoli over the summer, but the Italian side expressed their interest in the Uruguay international too late, according to the player’s agent.

The Gunners splashed the cash to bring the South American battler to North London from Sampdoria, with the high-energy midfielder expected to be a key man for the club once up to speed.

However, Torreira’s agent has admitted that working with Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli would have interested his client – but Arsenal had a deal for him sown up before the San Paolo outfit made their move.

“It’s a pity, I’m sorry Ancelotti wasn’t there at the start of the negotiation,” Pablo Bentancur said, according to the Daily Mail.

“He’d (Ancelotti) 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. He’s adapting well to the Premier League, he’s settling well and he’s happy.”

Arsenal have a new-look midfield this season under Unai Emery, with French youngster Matteo Guendouzi also joining the club over the course of the summer.

With speculation over Aaron Ramsey’s future, Jack Wilshere having left and the jury still out on Granit Xhaka, it could well be that the two new arrivals are the Gunners’ first choice in the role once fully fit.

Torreira has shown glimpses of quality in the cameos he has received so far and Arsenal fans will hope that the Uruguayan can bring the steel to the heart of the side that has been missing in recent years.

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