Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira could be set for a Serie A return this summer, as Torino plot a £22m move for the wantaway star.
The Uruguayan made the move to the Emirates in the summer of 2018 having impressed for both his country and at Italian side, Sampdoria, and initially looked like an excellent acquisition for the Gunners.
However, after an initial run of good form, the combative midfielder saw his place usurped in favour of a midfield duo of Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendozui under former boss Unai Emery.
With Mikel Arteta now at the helm, Torreira’s game time has been restricted even further, the opening Premier League game of the season seeing the seemingly outcast Mohamed Elneny preferred in midfield as Arsenal claimed a 3-0 victory over Fulham.
That snub should be an indication of the 24-year-old’s future being away from the Emirates, with Calciomercato reporting that the player is set to join Torino on a season-long loan deal, the Italian side having an obligation to buy next summer.
The report suggests that Torino will break up the fee by paying £11m this summer and another £11m in 12 months, the midfielder looking to link up with manager Marco Giampaolo with whom he worked previously with at Sampdoria.
The deal would see the Gunners recoup most of the £26m fee paid for the player almost two years ago, and would free up some much-needed cash and space in the squad to enable a potential pursuit of Thomas Partey and Houssam Aouar.
Arsenal have been one of many clubs severely hit by the economic impact of COVID-19, and having already made 55 staff redundancies, the need to raise funds through player sales has only increased.
With Torreria potentially on the move, Atletico Madrid midfielder Partey is believed to be the Gunners number one target, although his £44m release has restricted any move thus far.
As for Aouar, the young Frenchman impressed during Lyon’s run to the Champions League semi-final last season and has emerged as another midfield target as Arteta continues his squad rebuild – although Manchester City also retain an interest in the player.