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Arsenal refuse to back down in Lucas Torreira sale negotiations

Arsenal are standing firm over their valuation of Lucas Torreira (Getty Images)

Arsenal’s refusal to compromise in their negotiations to sell Lucas Torreira has led to Fiorentina pulling out of the race to sign the midfielder, according to reports in Italy.

The Gunners are open to selling the Uruguay international this summer as Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen his midfield options with the arrival of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.

However, Atletico will only allow the Ghana international to leave if his €50m (£43m) release clause is met and the Gunners are currently unable to match that fee.

Arsenal have held talks to sell Torreira in order to bolster their funds and Fiorentina believed they were closing in on a deal for the 24-year-old.

However, Firenze Viola reports that Fiorentina have now ended negotiations with Arsenal after the Gunners refused to budge over their asking price.

Arsenal are demanding €30m (£26.9m) for the Uruguayan and have turned down Fiorentina’s offer of €25m (£22.4m) to be paid in two installments.

Fiorentina have pulled out of the race to sign Lucas Torreira (Getty Images)

However, Torreira, who was signed by Arsenal…