Arsenal will hold talks with Fiorentina ‘soon’ regarding a £12.7m Lucas Torreira exit, and he could be quickly followed out of the Emirates by a second midfielder, per a trusted source.
Despite forking out around £140m on six new first-teamers last summer, the upcoming window is poised to be an even more intriguing one at the Emirates. The striker position could see major changes with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah both due to depart as free agents.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang already in Barcelona, multiple additions may be required to ensure Mikel Arteta does not lack for firepower.
Football London recently reported that beyond centre-forward, a new right-back and central midfielder will be targeted.
That came in the same article that detailed no fewer than 14 Arsenal stars could make way this summer in one guise or another.
Now, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has provided a fresh update on two of those stars.
Firstly, Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira is edging closer to joining Fiorentina for good.
The 26-year-old is currently on loan in Florence and Romano tweeted Arsenal are ‘prepared’ to let that deal become permanent.
In order to do so, talks will reportedly ‘take place soon’ between the two clubs. On the agenda is the option to buy worth €15m (£12.7m).
Elneny to follow Torreira out of Arsenal
The second player who could also depart is fellow central midfielder, Mohamed Elneny.
The Egyptian veteran, 29, will see his Arsenal contract expire at season’s end.
Elneny has been relegated to a bit-part player under Arteta this season. He has just 170 minutes of league action to his name.
Romano added Elneny is ‘expected’ to leave north London. Arsenal reportedly have no ambition to open new contract talks at present.
If the two stars do depart, Arteta will be left with just Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Albert Sambi Lokonga and the returning Ainsley Maitland-Niles in midfield.
Maitland-Niles is currently on loan with Roma. Though it’s looking increasingly unlikely he’ll be retained by Jose Mourinho beyond the summer.
He’ll therefore return to Arsenal, though he too could be axed, per the Mirror.
Matteo Guendouzi is also on the books while on loan with Marseille this season. However, he will move to France for good this summer after already fulfilling the required clauses to trigger his permanent sale.