LUCAS TORREIRA is set to finally secure a permanent move away from Arsenal in the summer after two years spent on loan.
The 26-year-old midfielder starred in his opening season in England after joining on a £22million deal from Sampdoria in 2018.
Arsenal are set to offload midfielder Lucas Torreira on a permanent deal in the summerCredit: Reuters
But he quickly became a bit-part player in his second campaign under Unai Emery and then Mikel Arteta, resulting in him being shipped out to Atletico Madrid last term.
Despite winning the LaLiga title at the Wanda Metropolitano, he was used sporadically by Diego Simeone, with Atletico deciding against turning his temporary stay into a permanent switch.
Torreira found himself on the move once again after he returned to Italy last year to link up with Fiorentina on loan.
And he has established himself as a key player in Florence having chipped in with four goals and one assist in 28 games in all competitions.
However the Uruguay international‘s impressive form has not been enough to convince Arteta he has a future in North London.
It is understood that the Serie A outfit are willing to trigger their option to buy clause in Torreira’s contract.
Commenting on the player, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has stated that Arsenal are set to hold talks with Fiorentina.
He has also claimed that Mohamed Elneny will follow Torreira out the door with the Gunners not willing to extend his stay which is close to expire.
Romano tweeted: “Arsenal are prepared to let Lucas Torreira leave the club on a permanent deal in June.
“Talks will take place soon with Fiorentina – buy option clause available for €15m £12.7m].
“Mohamed Elneny is also expected to leave the club, no talks to extend his contract as of now.”
Torreira revealed earlier this month how he is loving life back in Italy.
He told Sky Sport Italia: “We have a great squad, a lovely atmosphere, these are great lads with a fantastic heart. We work every day to make the fans happy.
“We are a great side and the objective is to take Fiorentina into Europe.”
Before adding: “I have rediscovered my joy both on and off the pitch. My future doesn’t depend on me, because Arsenal still own my contract.
“I am sure they will reach an agreement.”