Arsenal are in talks with Torino over a potential transfer of Lucas Torreira, according to Sky Sports. The move being discussed is a season-long loan with a view to a permanent one next summer.
The defensive midfielder has been linked with departure before. AC Milan were credited with interest on several occasions, and Fiorentina are still interested. He joined the Gunners two years ago from Sampdoria for a reported fee of £26 million, and though he initially looked promising under Unai Emery, he hasn’t been able to get back on the right track at the club following the arrival of Mikel Arteta at the helm. He made a total of 29 appearances in the Premier League in 2019/20, but only 17 times as a part of the starting XI.
Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos have been ahead of him in the pecking order, and now Mohamed Elneny has rejoined their ranks, freshly returned from his loan with Turkish side Besiktas.
The club are still reportedly interested in Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid, and that move would put Torreira in a position where it would be difficult for him indeed to get any game time. However, the negotiations between the two clubs are said to be at a standstill at the moment. Links with Olympique Lyon’s Houssem Aouar are still there as well, while the situation around Matteo Guendouzi is still to be resolved. Torreira was left out completely from the matchday squad which faced Fulham in the Premier League opener on Sunday.
Apparently, Torino would be willing to pay Arsenal £22m for the 24-year-old Uruguay international, split in two installments.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have reportedly accepted a bid of £16m from Aston Villa for Emiliano Martinez, and the Argentinian goalkeeper is now set to undergo a medical ahead of the proposed move to Villa Park.