Arsenal and Roma are “thinking about” going forward with a swap deal involving Lucas Torreira and Amadou Diawara, according to a report.
Torreira is on a long list of players Mikel Arteta reportedly wants to offload before next season. The Gunners manager is aware of the need to raise funds before spending.
Uruguay international Torreira has struggled this season after a strong debut season in north London. Indeed, he admitted that he has become frustrated with his current situation.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport (10.10am), Arsenal and Roma believe a swap deal with Diawara would be ideal for both parties.
Torreira wants to rediscover his best form as a first-choice midfielder after making seven fewer Premier League appearances this season than in the 2018/19 campaign.
What’s more, defensive midfielder Diawara has also struggled to convince at Roma and could look for his own escape route.
The Guinea international moved across Italy last summer from Napoli but only made 22 Serie A appearances this term. However, two bouts of injury restricted his chances.
Arsenal and Roma are also considering the swap deal to help their capital gains. The two clubs have “excellent relations” which they want to continue with the latest proposition.
What’s more, those relations could act as a strong foundation for taking the deal forward.
Several reports have claimed that Atletico Madrid’s defensive midfielder Thomas Partey is a top target for Arsenal. However, further speculation has said he could sign a lucrative new deal in Spain.
Either way, Arsenal will provide Arteta with funds to improve his team, despite plans to cut 55 jobs at the club.
ARSENAL MISS OUT ON STRIKER TARGET?
Meanwhile, reports elsewhere have claimed that Arsenal have missed out on Hammarby striker Emil Roback.
Swedish club Hammarby confirmed in June that the 17-year-old had visited the Gunners’ training base.
However, AC Milan now look likely to seal a deal for the forward.