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First Arsenal exit nearing completion as talks ‘accelerate’ for €15m Torreira windfall

Lucas Torreira playing for Fiorentina

Lucas Torreira could be about to end his association with Arsenal, as loan club Fiorentina are ready to ramp up negotiations for a permanent transfer.

Torreira signed for Arsenal from Sampdoria in 2018, staying for two seasons. He made 89 appearances in that time, but was allowed to leave in 2020. He first endured a frustrating season on loan at Atletico Madrid – with whom he won La Liga as a bit-part player.

Then, for the current campaign, he returned to Serie A to feature for Fiorentina. The move back to Italian football has benefitted the Uruguay international.

This season, Torreira has made 29 appearances in Serie A, all but four of which have been starts. He has started more league matches than any season since last time he was in Italy, with Sampdoria back in 2017-18.

As such, there has been a feeling for a while that Torreira will make his move to Fiorentina permanent. The fact that his Arsenal contract only runs until 2023 means such a deal makes sense for all parties.

And according to Corriere Dello Sport, Fiorentina are now ready to ‘accelerate’ their attempts to keep Torreira for the long-term.

They are willing to give the 26-year-old a four-year contract to remain in Florence. To do so, they must buy him from Arsenal, which should cost them around €15million (£12.6m).

That would represent a loss on Arsenal’s initial investment. But they are best off getting what they can, rather than losing him for nothing next year.

Torreira to stay settled with Fiorentina

It seems he still has no place in the plans of Mikel Arteta, whereas he has found a home at Fiorentina. Therefore, a permanent conclusion could come sooner rather than later.

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The windfall, although not particularly large, will go some way to helping Arsenal reinvest. Ahead of their return to European football – potentially the Champions League – it will be important for them to find squad depth in all areas.

Torreira’s position of defensive midfield is somewhere they may want to look at. But it would be a case of finding a new player rather than reintegrating him.

His future instead looks to be in Italy, where he will aim to build from a promising debut Fiorentina season.

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