AS Monaco are interested in signing Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira on loan for the second half of the season, according to Sky Sports.
The midfielder is already temporarily away from the Emirates, on a season-long stint with Atletico Madrid, but having had only two La Liga starts for far, Arsenal are concerned about his welfare in the Spanish capital.
Technical director Edu recently voiced those concerns.
“Arsenal is concerned about Torreira, his happiness, that he plays and that he is well. We want to know about him how he feels and, later, of course, know what Atletico thinks.
“For us, Lucas and his happiness is what more important. If everyone is happy, we will continue like this, if Lucas is not well, we will look for a change because there are many teams that are calling me to ask about the player’s situation.“
Monaco are obviously one of those clubs, and the Gunners are currently in talks with the Ligue 1 side. Fiorentina and Cagliari, on the other hand, are interested in taking him back to Italy. Naturally, Atletico would first have to agree to cut the current loan short if anything is to happen.
Meanwhile, John Cross of the Mirror reports that Ainsley Maitland-Niles is hoping to leave Arsenal in the next few days, also on loan. The 22-year-old is apparently keen on boosting his chances to earn a place in the England squad for the upcoming European Championship, and he obviously isn’t going to get there by staying on the Arsenal bench.
At the moment, Arteta would probably like to keep hold of the 23-year-old, if only for his versatility. With Sead Kolasinac gone back to Schalke, Maitland-Niles’ ability to play on the left flank would certainly be of use, with Kieran Tierney missing an occasional game through injury. He obviously prefers playing on the right, but that spot is well covered by Hector Bellerin and Cedric Soares.