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Arsenal star Lucas Torreira is Marco Giampaolo’s ‘dream’ signing at AC Milan

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AC Milan are readying a move for Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira (Picture: Getty)

Marco Giampaolo has reportedly identified Lucas Torreira as his ‘dream’ signing as he prepares to take over as AC Milan boss.

Torreira completed a £26million move from Sampdoria to Arsenal last summer and the 23-year-old had a promising debut season in north London, making 50 appearances in all competitions.

However, Torreira admitted this week that he preferred living in Italy and Giampaolo – who managed him at Sampdoria – is hoping to be reunited with the Uruguayan next season.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Torreira is Giampaolo’s ‘dream’ target, but Arsenal have made it clear that the midfielder is not for sale this summer.

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Milan are also looking to sign a central defender in the coming months and are prioritising a move for Roma’s Kostas Manolas.

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Manolas has a £32million release clause in his contract at the Stadio Olimpico and Roma are demanding that Milan pay the full amount of they are serious about landing the 27-year-old Greek.

Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren is being lined up as a possible alternative if Milan’s bid for Manolas fails.

Giampaolo had a close relationship with Torreira at Sampdoria (Picture: Getty)

Amid rumours linking him Milan, Torreira revealed that he’s found it difficult settling into life in England.

Asked what he’s liked about moving country, Torreira replied: ‘I don’t know if there are many things that I enjoy.

‘I think it was better in Italy. England is a totally different world, a very large country.

‘The language [barrier] has cost me, to be able to relate with my peers and with the people. It is very difficult when you can’t have dialogue.

‘And so is the climate. You go out in the morning and it is cloudy, you arrive late to your home and it is cloudy.

‘It is strange a little bit, the sun, the more of us that we are here and we are accustomed to having always or almost always the sun. But as the years pass, I’m going to be adapting.’

Milan will turn to Lovren if they fail to sign Manolas (Picture: Getty)

Torreira has also found it tough adapting to the grueling nature of the Premier League.

‘There were many more matches,’ the Uruguay international added.

‘I had to get used to playing every three days, which is very hard.

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‘Unfortunately, it is not given us to classify directly to the Champions League and got through to the final of the Europa League.

‘Losing that final was very hard not only for us but for the club.

‘But for me, the balance was positive and I am satisfied and happy with what I did in the year’.

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