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Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has confirmed his desired permanent move to Fiorentina has collapsed, and he will be returning to the Emirates ahead of pre-season.

The Uruguayan midfielder enjoyed a brilliant season in Italy and was hoping to seal a permanent exit from the Emirates, but the deal has now fallen through and he is expected to return to north London.

Fiorentina had a clause in the loan deal that meant that they could sign him permanently for £12.5million.

The main reason for the breakdown in talks was the Serie A side’s desire to negotiate a lower fee.

In an emotional post, the midfielder called out the club and assured the supporters that he would remain a fan as he continues with his career elsewhere.

“Dear ‘Tifosi’ from ACF Fiorentina. Unfortunately, the time has come to say goodbye. It is with great sadness that my relationship with ACF Fiorentina ends,” he posted on Instagram.

“Club that gave me so much love and support all this time. From the beginning they made me feel at home.

“I discovered a wonderful city that was always kind to me, both on and off the pitch. They always showed me affection, respect and for that I will always be grateful.

“Thanks to his trust I was able to find the continuity and level I wanted. I owe that to my teammates and all the fans who gave us energy game by game.

“Know that I always left everything on the field of play for these colours. Special thanks to all the club staff; cooks, props, manager, physiotherapist and security. They are the fundamental piece for the functioning of this institution.

“Know that I did my best to continue being part of this club, but unfortunately there were those who, acting in a bad way, according to my understanding, managed to prevent this from happening and that is why I have to leave.

“I wish you the best for the future. They will have one more fan cheering from wherever I have to be.”

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