Lucas Torreira: Torino in talks with Arsenal over loan with view to permanent move

Arsenal open to selling Torriera in order to fund a move for other midfield targets and free up squad space for arrivals

Torriera was not included in Arsenal's 23-man squad which beat Fulham on Saturday
Image: Lucas Torriera was not included in Arsenal's 23-man squad which beat Fulham on Saturday

Arsenal are in talks with Serie A side Torino over a loan deal for midfielder Lucas Torreira with a view to a permanent move.

The two clubs are discussing a season-long loan for the Uruguay midfielder with an option to make it permanent next summer.

Torino would pay Arsenal £22m in the deal over two equal instalments, with the club's Serie A rivals Fiorentina also interested in the midfielder.

Torreira joined Arsenal from Italian side Sampdoria in July 2018 for £26m, but has struggled to establish himself under Mikel Arteta after recovering from a knee injury.

Marco Giampaolo
Image: Torino appointed Marco Giampaolo, Torreira's former boss at Sampdoria, as their head coach last month

He was not included in Arsenal's squad for the 3-0 victory against Fulham in the opening Premier League game of the season on Saturday.

Arsenal are open to selling him in order to fund a move for other midfield targets and free up space in Arteta's squad for other arrivals.

The club have shown interest in the Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey but have yet to find a breakthrough in negotiations, having also been linked with a move for Lyon's Houssem Aouar.

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