The writing appears to be on the wall for Lucas Torreira, as he’s deemed surplus to requirements at Arsenal, has little over a year remaining on his deal and would put some much-needed money back into the club if sold.
Italian outlet Firenzeviola (h/t Daily Cannon) say Fiorentina are leading the race for the 26-year-old’s signature and would like to turn his loan spell permanent in the coming months, but the Violas want a ‘discount’ price which may be ‘difficult to accept’ for Arsenal.
Torreira joined the Gunners on a five-year deal from Sampdoria in 2018 and has gone on to make 89 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals with six assists. But his last outing for Arsenal was in July 2020.
The Uruguayan international has fallen down the pecking order in North London, spending the last two seasons out on loan as a result – Atletico Madrid (October 2020 – June 2021), Fiorentina (August 2021 – present).
Torreira has impressed at Fiorentina, featuring in 26/30 games across the board and amassing 1971 minutes of football from a possible 2700, which is why they want to sign him for good this summer.
The 26-year-old has been a regular under Vincenzo Italiano, usually sitting at the base of a midfield that contains a variation of Gaetano Castrovilli, Youssef Maleh, Giacomo Bonaventura, Alfred Duncan and Sofyan Amrabat. No Serie A side ship fewer shots per game than the Violas (9.5) and only two sides have better average possession per game (56.8%), so he’s having the ideal impact.
Torreira has played his part in Fiorentina retaining the ball better than most clubs while keeping opponents as quiet as possible, so it’s no wonder they want to sign him.
Firenzeviola say the Violas will have to pay €15m (£12.5m), but they may try to lower the asking price. Arsenal paid £26m for Torreira, however, so they surely won’t want to take an even bigger loss.