There has been some speculation surrounding the future of Lucas Torreira for a while now as he stated his desire to leave Arsenal back in May.
However, recent reports have been changing rapidly across the day as some suggest that it might take longer than expected for him to leave the Emirates Stadium, while other sources claim that negotiations seem to have finally hit upon an agreement.
According to Alfredo Pedulla, Torreira’s proposed move away from Arsenal to Fiorentina had stalled, despite his desire to leave north London. The source claimed that the Serie A side had been struggling to agree a deal with the Gunners and now believe they have enough cover in midfield.
The midfielder was also attracting interest from Serie A side Torino, who expressed an interest in the 24-year-old.
However, Labaro Viola subsequently claimed that Fiorentina had reached an agreement to sign the player on loan with an obligation for them to purchase him at the end of the season. The loan fee is around €8m (£7.13m) and, in order to make the deal permanent, they will have to pay a further €16m (£14.26m).
The Urguayan played 39 times for Arsenal last season across all competitions, with two goals and one assist to his name. Torreira has been good at breaking up play in the Premier League as he has averaged 1.1 successful tackles and 1.2 interceptions per game, via WhoScored.
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While he made plenty of appearances, the last time he managed a full 90 minutes in the Premier League was back in January, per Transfermarkt, and this suggests that he is perceived more as a squad player than as a first team mainstay under Mikel Arteta.
He adds squad depth and featured regularly last season, but if the north London side can get a large transfer fee for the £27m-valued midfielder, then it seems like a no-brainer to take the money, especially with David Ornstein reporting that the Gunners remain keen on signing Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar, as it would free up some much-needed transfer funds for the club.
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