Now that Reiss Nelson has turned into Lionel Messi, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Arsenal had shelved their hunt for a new winger.
It seems not to be the case. According to various reports, club scout Toni Lima (recruited by Edu last year) has been keeping close tabs on Uruguay international Facundo Torres who plays his football for Orlando City.
The 22-year-old ended the recent MLS campaign with 13 goals and 10 assists in 40 appearances – very decent numbers – and made an impression on Mikel Arteta in July when he scored a tidy goal in his side’s 3-1 friendly defeat to Arsenal.
While left-footed, he’s also proved himself to be a versatile operator in Florida, splitting his starts between both flanks.
In the summer the Gunners were linked with a number of wide men (Raphinha, Mudryk, Gnabry, Gakpo amongst others) as we looked for competition for Bukayo Saka.
In all cases, the prices quoted were significantly higher than what the Gunners might expect to pay for Torres, who signed for Orlando from homeland side Penarol in January for a fee close to £8 million.
While the player’s representative Edgardo Lasalvia is on record saying “there is still nothing advanced” in Arsenal’s interest, he confirmed to ESPN that a meeting with Lima is set to take place this week.
With Torres set to be part of Uruguay’s squad at the World Cup – the perfect platform to raise his profile on the international stage – you get the sense he’s diligently basting his client knowing hungry punters are waiting.
Anyway, one to watch.