Fiorentina have signed Lucas Torreira on a season-long loan and will have an option to buy the midfielder next summer.
— ACF Fiorentina English (@ACFFiorentinaEN) August 25, 2021
The 25-year-old spent last year on loan at Atletico Madrid – he played only 502 minutes of their championship-winning campaign – before returning to England last week via the Copa America and a quarantine-avoiding training camp in Spain.
Back at London Colney, he was told he was surplus to requirements despite reportedly pitching his services to Mikel Arteta.
A host of Italian clubs, including AS Roma and Lazio, enquired about him but it’s Fiorentina, who flirted with a deal last year, that have won the race for his signature.
Torreira made 50 appearances in a promising debut season for Arsenal but things have not gone to plan since.
Signed as a holding midfielder, he lost the trust of Unai Emery in the Spaniard’s second season and, via a couple of untimely injuries and a drop in confidence, his form has been on the slide ever since. Out of contract in 2023, it looks very likely that he’s played his last game for the club.
Torreira spent four years in Italy between 2014-2018 and will be hoping he can regain the form that saw him move from Pescara to Sampdoria and eventually to the Emirates.
Have a great time in Florence, Lucas. It’s a fantastic city and a team with a lovely kit.