When it happened, Lucas Torreira’s loan move to Atletico Madrid seemed like a good fit for a defensively-minded player who could slot easily enough into Diego Simeone’s structure.
However, all has not been well for the Uruguayan in Spain, and in the last couple of days there have been reports that the La Liga side are looking to cut short the deal and send him back to Arsenal.
With interest from Italy, as there was in the summer, he could potentially go back out loan – especially as Arsenal’s already bloated squad has no more room for non-homegrown players.
However, while he seemed to acknowledge there was something going on by referencing Technical Director Edu, Mikel Arteta played his cards close to his chest.
Asked about the reports of Atleti’s discontent, the Arsenal boss said, “We have been dealing with that situation, but again, when the market opens and we have the possibility to bring players in and get players out, whatever we have to do, we will discuss it.
“I cannot comment on that [cutting the loan deal short].”
Lucas has started just twice in La Liga since his move, and in one of those games was taken off at half-time. He was forced to miss a couple of matches because of a positive Covid-19 diagnosis, but it’s safe to say things haven’t quite gone as he’d have liked.
What happens in January will be interesting, and if Arsenal are looking to raise funds for additions to the squad, he could well find a permanent move on the cards.