Today’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport suggests a new destination for Lucas Torreira: Roma.
The midfielder has been linked with a move back to Italy with AC Milan and Fiorentina said to be interested.
It’s now being reported that Roma are considering a swap offer, using Amadou Diawara as bait to get their man. Considering the state of the market and football club finances, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that we’ll see a lot of similar deals between now and the close of the transfer window.
Diawara is a 23 year old defensive midfielder with 10 caps for Guinea, and he arrived in the Italian capital via spells with San Marino, Bologna and Napoli. He made 30 appearances for I Giallorossi last season.
Arsenal have a working relationship with Roma, having agreed a deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to make his there move permanent for a payment of just £1m via his agent Mino Raiola. However, the Armenian’s departure takes £200,000 a week off the wage bill.
Midfield reinforcement is something Mikel Arteta is seeking this window, with much of the focus on Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey. His €50m release clause is going to be a problem on its own though, unless the cost of that is offset with a player going the other way, leading to speculation about Alexandre Lacazette going the other way.
There are some considerable issues for the club to sort out in midfield, with Torreira seemingly open to an exit; Matteo Guendouzi’s Arsenal career all but over after he fell out of favour with Arteta; while Dani Ceballos is reportedly wanted for next season by Real Madrid, but that may well be a ploy by them to provoke a bid from the Gunners.
We don’t have any more info that this Italian story, but in the realms of transfer nonsense that do the rounds, this doesn’t seem completely implausible, so we’ll give this one a fence sitting 6 on the Poo-O-Meter.