According to Madrid-based daily AS (Esp), Atletico Madrid are in talks with Arsenal over a loan move for Lucas Torreira.
It was reported last week that Diego Simeone had made contact with the Uruguayan international personally, and the Spanish side have now stepped up their attempts to bring him in on a one year loan.
Their financial situation currently makes any other kind of deal impossible, but obviously it wouldn’t provide the kind of cash-injection we’re looking for in order to strengthen our own squad.
However, the fact that Torreira is potentially moving to the same club as one of our long-standing targets, Thomas Partey, might open a door there – even if Atletico still prefer for the €50m release clause paid.
A midfielder in and a midfielder out makes sense, and as football accounting grows ever more complex, it’s not impossible to think Torreira could be used as some kind of a makeweight in a deal for the Ghanaian international. Could it be a loan at first, then some kind of swap + cash deal which makes sense for both clubs?
There remains interest in Torreira from Italy, with Torino coach Marco Giampaolo said to be keen to work with the player he had at Sampdoria.
Ultimately, much depends on the financial aspects. Not simply between the two clubs, but Torreira’s Arsenal salary is significant, and the player wants to ensure he doesn’t take a cut wherever he ends up.
Whatever the make up of the Arsenal squad this season, it feels like we’re going to be part of a big transfer chess game, in which pieces move here, there and everywhere in order to make deals happen.
The Torreira situation might be a pawn in a bigger thing on a board with square bits and white and black horses and pointy bishops, and if you’re looking for better transfer analysis than that, then I’m afraid you’re in the wrong place.