Fiorentina are closing in on the signing of Lucas Torreira, according to Italian publication La Nazione.
The report claims that an agreement could be tied up this week, so long as AS Roma don’t stick their nose in last minute. Arsenal were said to be dangling Torreira as bait in a deal to bring Amadou Diawara to the Emirates but that has gone quiet.
Details on a possible deal with La Viola are very sketchy. The Gunners obviously want to recoup as much of the fee paid two years ago as possible – around £27 million – while Fiorentina are said to pushing for an initial loan with an option to buy. Combined, their offer would be slightly less than we’re after.
Since signing for the Gunners from Sampdoria in 2018, there have been constant links with a return to Serie A with Napoli and AC Milan said to be long-term admirers and Torino mentioned as a more recent suitor.
Earlier this week, the player’s agent, Pablo Bentancur, said he was aware of the interest in the 24-year-old but made clear that the final decision on his client’s future was down to Arsenal.
Speaking to Calciomercato, he said: “The coach has to make a technical choice and he has to decide if he really needs Torreira or not, but all the stories in the press are more about publicity than reality.”
He went on to stress that official offers were yet to be tabled.
Torreira was left out of Arsenal’s squad for Saturday’s Community Shield win over Liverpool.