Report: Midfielder nears Arsenal exit after impressing on loan, club can sign 25 y/o for £12.8m

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Lucas Torreira’s time appears to be up at Arsenal as he’s spent the last 18 months out on loan. The 25-year-old had a season-long stint at Atletico Madrid (October 2020 – June 2021) where he made 26 appearances in all competitions and now he’s at Fiorentina (August 2021 – present) until the end of the campaign.

Torreira is impressing back in Italy, making 15 appearances across the board, and Corriere Fiorentino (h/t Sport Witness) say it’s a ‘formality’ that the Uruguayan international will turn the move permanent. Fiorentina have the option to sign him for €15m (£12.8m) and are expected to exercise that clause at the end of the season.

It’s a shame things didn’t work out in North London, however. Torreira joined on a five-year deal from Sampdoria in 2018 and went on to make 89 appearances, scoring four goals with six assists. He had some good moments where he showcased his ability to turn over possession and protect his backline, but form wavered and Mikel Arteta wasn’t a fan upon his arrival.

Torreira finds himself behind Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, Sambi Lokonga, Mohamed Elneny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the pecking order, so the writing has been on the wall for a while. The 25-year-old is a talented defensive midfielder, but his face didn’t fit under Unai Emery or Arteta.

At Fiorentina though, things are looking up. Torreira averages a tackle (22) or interception (14) every 31 minutes, has created 11 chances and completes 87.5% of his passes from midfield. Arsenal will lose money through his sale, but they’ll already feel they have upgrades in his position with Partey and Lokonga.

Corriere Fiorentino add that negotiations with the player’s agent are ongoing, likely about personal terms next season, but there’s no indication that a deal won’t go through.

Torreira’s last appearance in an Arsenal shirt came all the way back in July 2020. The Gunners moved on in his absence and the midfielder is flourishing back in Italy.