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Arsenal officials to meet with Serie A side to finalise £12.5m transfer ‘in matter of days’

James Marshment
Cristiano Biraghi, Giacomo Bonaventura, Lucas Torreira in action for Fiorentina during Serie A game v Bologna

Arsenal will reportedly meet up with Fiorentina officials this week to push through the Lucas Torreira transfer, with the Uruguayan having decided he wants to make the move permanent.

The Gunners spent huge sums in the summer window, parting with the best part of £140m. However, the results have justified the outlay with Mikel Arteta’s upwardly mobile and pushing for a top-four finish. That would represent a marked improvement on last season’s underwhelming eighth-placed finish.

And while Arsenal look like they will need to spend again – most notably on a new striker – the Gunners look like they will be selling more than they buy.

To that end, a report on Monday revealed a deal to sell Ainsley Maitland-Niles was on the verge of being finalised. His move to Roma should be confirmed this week after contract terms were agreed.

And he’s not the only Gunners star seemingly heading to Italy. Indeed, as per La Nazionevia Calciomercato, Torreira is also closing on an exit.

The defensive midfielder has been shining for Fiorentina this term, becoming an integral part of Vincenzo Italiano. He has made 16 appearances so far (one goal, one assist) with La Viola currently seventh.

They signed him on an initial loan deal, with an option to make permanent. Now they are ready to make good that promise early by securing his signing on a deal to 2025.

Nice price for Lucas Torreira transfer

La Viola will reportedly pay €15m (£12.5m) for the Uruguayan star, around half the price Arsenal signed him for under Unai Emery.

Money from his sale will be pumped straight back into Arsenal’s January transfer kitty.

Coutinho for just £7.5m but Arsenal want loan deal

Arsenal want a trial period before they decide if they want to buy.

Fact of the matter is though that this is a deal that will suit all parties.

Torreira is a long way down Arteta’s thinking. And, having loaned him to Atletico Madrid last year, looked unlikely to have a future under Arteta.

With his move to Madrid failing to bear fruit, Torreira always set his sights on a return to Serie A. And now it seems he has his wish.

Aubameyang suitors have concerns

Arsenal have contacted potential suitors for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from outside the Premier League, though a report has revealed three Gunners concerns.

Firstly, Aubameyang’s participation in the AFCON tournament will complicate proceedings. The competition is not due to complete until after the January window closes on February 6, though whether Gabon will reach the latter stages remains to be seen.

Secondly, Arsenal reportedly believe Aubameyang’s transfer value may have ‘plummeted’ following his latest disciplinary breach.

The final barrier to bringing his time at the Emirates to a conclusive end will be his high wages.

His apparent £350,000-per-week salary will be a difficult pill to swallow for virtually all overseas suitors.

Nonetheless, it now appears Arsenal are prepared to cut ties with their centre-forward if a suitable agreement can be reached with a European side.

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