Lucas Torreira’s father has confirmed that Boca Juniors are the frontrunners to sign his son, who is “suffering” after his mother’s death.

The 25-year-old, who is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, lost his mother last week after testing positive for coronavirus, and he has been linked with a return to South America to be closer to his family.

The Uruguay international has previously expressed his admiration for Boca Juniors, and his father, Ricardo Torreira, has stated that the Argentinian giants are his first choice, but there are other clubs from across the continent waiting in the wings.

Speaking to Radio Continental, Torreira’s father said: “Lucas does not know Argentina but has been a Boca fan since he was a boy. Obviously, it is the first option for him, but I have already received other calls from Brazilian teams in case Boca does not happen.

“Lucas is suffering a lot to be alone there in Europe, we are seeing how we can accompany him this month and a half until the end of the season. When you lose a person as happened to us so dear, you realize that life passes you by. If Lucas wants to come to Boca, let him come.

“We want to resolve his departure with Arsenal first and then sit down with Boca. If they believe it is convenient that Lucas is the player, they will exhaust the resources to reach an agreement. It is obvious that Boca will have to pay a transfer fee, Arsenal will want something in return.”

Torreira has only made three LaLiga starts for Atletico Madrid this season, and his Arsenal contract expires at the end of the 2022-23 season.

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