Arsenal consider loaning Torreira to Torino or Fiorentina

Arsenal could allow Lucas Torreira to leave on loan before the end of the transfer window, with Fiorentina and Torino both interested in signing the Uruguay midfielder.

Torreira has struggled to establish himself under Mikel Arteta having recovered from a knee injury and did not feature in Arsenal’s squad for the 3-0 victory against Fulham in the opening Premier League game of the season on Saturday.

It is understood Arsenal are open to selling the 24-year-old, who was signed by Unai Emery from Sampdoria in July 2018 for £26.5m, for around £18m but could decide to allow him to leave on a short-term deal in order to free up space for potential new midfield arrivals. They retain an interest in the Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey but have yet to find a breakthrough in negotiations with Atlético Madrid and have also been linked with a move for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar.

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Torreira is believed to keen on a move to Serie A having spent three seasons at Sampdoria after coming through Pescara’s academy. The Uruguay midfielder started 17 games in the Premier League last season but the return of Mohamed Elneny from his loan spell in Turkey has led to Torreira slipping down the pecking order.

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