Fiorentina and Arsenal are in advanced talks over a permanent transfer of Lucas Torreira this summer, according to reports in Italy.
The midfielder fell deep down the pecking order towards the end of last season under Mikel Arteta, and last summer he was sent on a season-long loan to Atletico Madrid. However, his fortunes obviously haven’t changed despite the change of scenery; he has so far had only three La Liga starts for Diego Simeone’s team, making eight more appearances off the bench. He has found the back of the opposition net once, in their 1-3 triumph away to Osasuna back on the final day of October.
Concerned about the situation, Arsenal technical director Edu spoke to both Atletico and Torreira over a potential recall in January, but nothing came of it and the Uruguay international will now stay in the Spanish capital for the full length of the original deal, and then return to North London.
However, as reported by Corriere dello Sport, his time back at the Emirates could be very short. Apparently, Fiorentina are very keen on bringing the 25-year-old back to Italy, where he spent four and a half years – his entire senior career before the switch to Arsenal in 2018, playing for Pescara and Sampdoria.
Last summer, Arsenal boosted their midfield section by renewing the loan deal for Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos and signing Thomas Partey from Atletico. But even before the arrival of Thomas, it was clear Arteta didn’t have too much trust in Torreira, preferring to put Ceballos and Granit Xhaka in the middle of the park. Further more, it has been reported that the club will stay in contact with Real to try and work out permanent deals for both Ceballos and Martin Odegaard, who arrived on loan in January.
Meanwhile, the Gunners will be in Europa League action on Thursday, facing Benfica in the first leg of their round-of-32 encounter set to take place at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. They can be backed at 13/10 to win the match.