Torino given green light to sign Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira
Lucas Torreira is closing in on a move away from the London club, with reports suggesting Torino are in negotiations over a possible loan deal for the footballer. Gunners coach has deemed Uruguay international surplus to requirements at Arsenal this summer, made clear by his decision to leave him out of the team for last weekend’s opening-day trip to Fulham.
It is believed Mikel Arteta wants to cash in on Lucas and fund a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, who has a £45m release clause in his deal. The London giants are demanding £22m for his services, but the Italian club are pushing for a loan deal with complicated terms.
Torino are believed to be targeting a paid loan with an option-to-buy clause that will just be triggered if certain objectives are reached. These objectives would reportedly include qualifying for the UEL, registering a specific number of games, goals and assists, and receiving a certain amount of international call-ups.
The amount paid by the Italian club would depend on each one of these clauses, which is making talks with the Gunners extremely complex. The Uruguayan midfielder is said to be keen to join Moreno Longo’s side, nonetheless, and the lack of bids he has received from elsewhere means the move is likely to happen.
The Italian club have sent a representative to England to get the deal over the line, with only over two weeks to go until the transfer window closes. It stays to be seen whether the Gunners succeed in their pursuit of Thomas Partey, who has been identified as a top transfer target by the Spanish manager this summer.