Since the start of the 2020 summer transfer window, Arsenal have made it clear that in order to complete the signings they want to, players will need to be sold in order to raise the necessary funds.
As of today, Arsenal have only been able to sell one player, Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Roma on a free transfer, however more exits are becoming increasingly likely as the time left in the transfer window continues to diminish.
With new transfer updates surfacing every day, I’ve decided to start a new mini-series on Arsenal Central where I gather up all the news I can find to bring you up-to-date on the transfer situations of players leaving and joining the Gunners. Today’s article will focus on a likely outgoing, Lucas Torreira.
To begin with, as reported on September 3 by The Times, Torreira was closing in on a loan move to Italian side Fiorentina, however La Viola would need to pay a loan fee of £7.1m, with their also being an option to buy for £14.2m.
On the same day, The Telegraph reported that Torreira was likely to move to Fiorentina, according to their Italian sources, and a deal could be agreed in the coming days. However, they also mentioned that Arsenal hope to recoup at least £20m from his sale, with the player willing to return to Italy.
The following day, the president of a fellow Italian side, Torino, announced surprisingly that the club are “considering Lucas Torreira but he’s not the only target.” At this stage, it still seemed set that the Uruguayan would be heading to Fiorentina on loan.
However, on September 6, Italian outlet Tuttosport reported that Torino’s main aim in the transfer window is to sign Torreira at all costs, as they look to complicate the possible move of the midfielder to Fiorentina.
The English media have remained silent on the Torreira deal since September 3, however on the 7th, Firenzeviola shockingly reported that Fiorentina have ended their pursuit of Torreira, despite a deal seeming close only a few days ago. This was due to Arsenal not budging on their price tag for the Uruguayan, an amount that Torino seem likely to pay.
While this news should not be taken for definite, as different sources and outlets have varying levels of reliability, one thing which seems for sure is that Torreira’s next destination is not as certain as it first seemed.
The Gunners’ stance seems pretty simple due to Torreira wanting to return to Italy, whoever bids the highest amount of money will get him. However, with the window shutting in just under 4 weeks’ time, teams will need to start hurrying to get deals over the line, especially those in a situation like Arsenal where they have to sell before they can buy.