According to reports in London Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is reportedly very close to completing a move to Atletico Madrid.
Atletico’s interest in Torreira emerged last week and they now appear to be leading the way for the 24-year-old’s signature ahead of Serie A clubs Torino and Fiorentina.
Reports Uruguay say negotiations between Torreira, Atletico and Arsenal are at an advanced stage.
Arsenal were interested in facilitating a player-plus-cash deal involving Torreira for Atletico midfielder Thomas Partey.
But reports elsewhere say the La Liga side are only interested in signing Torreira on loan, scuppering chances of a swap deal.
Torreira became an immediate favourite with Arsenal supporters following his £26million move to the club from Sampdoria in 2018.
But the Uruguay international has found game time hard to come by under Mikel Arteta.
Arteta has preferred a central midfield partnership of Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos, with Torreira not even making the squad for the first two Premier League games of the season.
Letting Torreira leave would leave Arsenal short of midfield options though and Arteta is keen on adding in that department.
Partey has been linked with Arsenal throughout the summer window but the Gunners have not been prepared to pay his £45m release clause. And Atlético Madrid interest in Lucas Torreira might bring something good for Arsenal in pursuit of Thomas Partey.