According to reports in Italy, Arsenal are currently in talks with AS Roma over a proposed swap deal involving Lucas Torreira and Amadou Diawara.
Diawara started his career in his homeland with a club called FC Sequence. He arrived to Italy in February 2015 and played for San Marino for a short while, before joining Bologna that summer. It cost Napoli €14.5m to sign him in 2016, and three years later, they received €21m for his services from Roma.
Torreira has fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal, with head coach Mikel Arteta preferring the pair of Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos in the middle of the park, though it still remains to be seen if the Gunners will be able to hold onto the Spaniard. The club are in need of funds to be able to make signings, which means free transfers and swap deals currently represent options more viable than usual when it comes to the transfer markets. Winger Willian is reportedly set to join from Chelsea as a free agent, and it seems a swap could be on the horizon as well.
AC Milan were reportedly very keen on signing Torreira, but their interest has cooled and they’re in reported talks with Chelsea over a deal for Tiemoue Bakayoko instead. Torreira could still return to Italy, but to Roma instead.
Diawara had a fairly decent first season with the club from the Italian capital. The 23-year-old Guinean defensive midfielder made a total of 31 appearances in all competitions for them, scoring one goal and assisting once as well. Apparently, Arsenal are not the only club interested in his services, and Roma have slapped a €30 million (£27m) price tag on him. However, they would be willing to give up on the fee demand if they were to receive Torreira in return, Gazzetta dello Sport claim.