Lucas Torreira's move to Boca Juniors looks in jeopardy.
Speaking to ESPN Argentina, Torreira said: "It's not a violent emotion, a crazy decision because of my mother. I have always said that I want to play for Boca.
"I'm dying to play for Boca and I will always say it. The night my mother died, one of the first to hear the news was my agent. I don't want to play in Europe anymore, I want to play for Boca."
The Gunners want a loan fee of at least £860,000, but Argentine giants have said no.