Serie A side in ‘pole position’ to sign Arsenal man for £12.5m

Lewis Oldham
Arsenal midfielder Torreira

According to reports, Serie A outfit Fiorentina are in ‘pole position’ to sign Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira for £12.5m this summer.

The Uraguay international made the move to Arsenal for £26m following the 2018 World Cup.

The midfielder played 89 times for the Gunners up until the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

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Torreira did not end up being part of Mikel Arteta’s plans though. He has spent the last two years out on loan at Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina.

He has played 21 times for Fiorentina in Serie A this season. The Evening Standard are reporting that the Italian outfit are in ‘pole position’ to sign Torreira permanently this summer.

The report adds that Arsenal ‘want to offload’ the player. Fiorentina are said to have an option to buy Torreira for £12.5m.

Elsewhere, Rio Ferdinand thinks Arsenal will be “bang in trouble” in the race to finish fourth if Bukayo Saka or Emile Smith Rowe pick up an injury:

“What I liked about this weekend is that all the teams going for fourth, bar West Ham, got positive results,” Ferdinand told Vibe with Five.

“You’ve got to perform now. Spurs won a game you didn’t expect them to win, Arsenal won and United won. I think it’s going to be out of those three to finish fourth.

“West Ham will put up a fight but come up a bit short just because of the [lack of] depth in their squad… but they’ll finish above Arsenal.

“I think Saka and Smith Rowe, if anything happens to them they [Arsenal] are bang in trouble. ESR is doing his thing, I’ve loved him from the beginning of the season. I think he’s one other big clubs will be looking at.

“I think Mikel Arteta is building something there, all jokes aside. Mikel Arteta is creating an environment there that I feel players are going to want to play in.

“I feel the young players he’s got there who he’s building around are exciting. I think this window is going to be big for them, they’ve got to get it right, it depends where they finish and what type of player they’re going to have to go for.”