Serie A side Fiorentina have a “four-year deal ready” for Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira as they are looking to sign him permanently, according to reports.
The Gunners signed Torreira from Sampdoria in 2018. He was a regular for them during his first two seasons in England as he played 89 times across all competitions.
The Uraguay international was on loan at Atletico Madrid last season and he is now with Italian outfit Fiorentina.
Torreira has been a regular in Serie A this term and Fiorentina are keen to sign him permanently. They have reportedly already agreed to sign him for €15m.
Corriere dello Sport (as cited by Sport Witness) are reporting that Fiorentina have a “four-year deal ready” for Torreira.
It is suggested that this transfer could be completed “in the spring”. The report adds that there could be an “acceleration” if Arsenal attempt to use Torreira in their deal for Dusan Vlahovic in January.
“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is finished at Arsenal. He won’t be coming back from the Africa Cup of Nations,” Merson wrote for The Daily Star.
“They should be breaking the bank to get Dusan Vlahovic in from Fiorentina in the summer – because he would make them title contenders.
“I’ve heard he’s not interested in Arsenal right now and I can understand that. But he might change his mind if they finish in the top four and offer him a lorryload of money.
“Arsenal would be able to play him every week because Aubameyang will be gone. Alexandre Lacazette will probably be gone. And so will Eddie Nketiah.
“They will need a goalscorer, and Vlahovic scores goals. He’s also still young. So he should get better and you’t not wasting money paying a 29-year-old on the way down.
“I think there are good things happening at Arsenal. Mikel Arteta has got them playing well. But they need a proven striker next season.
“He’s signed a keeper, defenders, full backs, midfielders and a No 10, promoted kids on the wings – a proper centre forward could be the missing piece.
“I’m not saying they’ll win the league if they get Vlahovic. But they’ll have a chance to make it a four-horse race at least.”
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