Arsenal ace has played his last game for Arteta, £13m exit now ‘very likely’
Premier League misfit Lucas Torreira is one step closer to sealing a permanent move away from Arsenal with Calciomercato reporting Fiorentina are “very likely” to turn his loan deal into a £13 million switch.
After falling out of favour under Unai Emery and then Mikel Arteta, Torreira had set his heart on a dream move to Argentine giants Boca Juniors.
However, failing that the Uruguay international would have settled for a second spell in Serie A.
So while Fiorentina may not have been his first choice, Torreira jumped at the opportunity to return to a country – and league – he fell in love with during four years at Pescara and Sampdoria.
Torreira: Enjoying life at Fiorentina
Torreira is happy at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, recently claiming he’s close to rediscovering the form that earned him a £26 million move to Arsenal in the first place.
And it seems Fiorentina are as happy with him as he is with them.
“We are talking about a player who played for Atletico Madrid and Arsenal who has charisma and high intelligence,” said Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Italiano, whose Dusan Vlahovic-inspired Viola side are looking down on Juventus in the Serie A table.
“(Torreira) wants to have the ball at his feet. He always remedies his mistakes and adds to the central department where we have quality and dynamism.
“I’m happy to have a player with this character. In terms of mentality we have to be strong, we must never give up.”
Will Lucas Torreira play for Arsenal again?
There’s an option-to-buy clause in Torreira’s contract. And, according to Calciomercato, Fiorentina are taking steps to ensure the diminutive defensive midfielder puts down roots in Florence after a couple of nomadic years.
Torreira’s agent, Pablo Bentancur, held talks with Fiorentina chiefs today with an agreement over a permanent move now judged “very likely”.
Torreira could be followed out the Arsenal door by Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac, while Premier League rivals Everton are targeting Calum Chambers and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.