Fiorentina are on the verge of signing Lucas Torreira on loan with an option to make the move permanent next summer, according to Gary Jacob of The Times.
The Italian club will pay Arsenal a £7.1 million loan fee for the 24 year old. If they choose to exercise the option to sign him permanently next year, they will pay the Gunners a further £14.2 million. In total, the deal will cost Fiorentina £21.3 million.
The North London club were hoping to recoup the £26 million they spent to bring Torreira to the Emirates in the summer of 2018. Torino have also been interested in signing the player this summer. Their manager, Marco Giampaolo, was the man who coached Torreira at Sampdoria before the combative midfielder departed for Arsenal. The Turin based club have struggled to stump up the cash required to seal this transfer.
Torreira is open to a return to Italy. He is keen on playing regularly and this is unlikely to be the case at Arsenal. Dani Ceballos is on the verge of rejoining the Gunners on loan for another year. The Spaniard was one of Arsenal’s best performers towards the end of last season and kept Torreira out of the side.
Arteta was desperate to bring the former Real Betis midfielder back to North London and that is a clear indication of the amount of game time the Uruguay international can expect to get next season. He is keen on rebuilding the North London side’s midfield and Torreira does not appear to be in his plans. The Gunners need to move players on to pursue some of their primary transfer targets like Thomas Partey.
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