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Transfers: Torreira, Willian

Posted on August 24, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have reached an agreement with Fiorentina about the proposed transfer of Lucas Torreira, according to multiple sources.

The 25-year-old joined the Gunners in 2018 from Sampdoria, and though he did play an important role in the team under Unai Emery, he never had a proper place in the plans of Mikel Arteta, even though his contract at the Emirates has two years left to run. He spent last season on loan at Atletico Madrid, and it seems another temporary move is now very close.

Torreira has been of strong interest to Eintracht Frankfurt too, but he wasn’t keen on going to Germany and has rejected that option in favour of a return to Italy.

Apparently, his move to Fiorentina, which now depends on a medical after it’s been approved by Arsenal, would be a season-long loan for which the club would receive a fee of €1.5 million, with 10 times the amount set as an option to buy at the end of the campaign.

Meanwhile, Willian is reportedly close to leaving North London as well. The Brazilian winger arrived as a free agent from Chelsea and signed a three-year contract in 2020, but just more than a year later, he has managed to score only once in an Arsenal shirt despite wearing it on 37 occasions.

The 33-year-old has reportedly been keen to move on for months now, and even though he is said to prefer a European club as his destination, he is currently considering a proposal from Brazilian side Corinthians. There was also talk about him potentially joining Al Ahli in Qatar, but it seems those reports were wide of the mark.

As for Arsenal, they would be happy to allow Willian to change clubs without a transfer fee again in order to relieve their wage bill, which goes a long way in showing how unimportant he has become only a year after joining.

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