Lucas Torreira could be on the verge of yet another loan move in January, with Fiorentina reportedly interested in his services.
According to a report from La Nazione, Lucas Torreira’s short ongoing spell at Atletico Madrid could soon to an end. The midfielder has had a difficult time since moving to Wanda Metropolitano on loan in the summer, with head coach Diego Simeone not being his biggest admirer. As a result, he could be sent back to Arsenal this month.
Arsenal are open to offloading him immediately upon his return, as Torriera is not really favoured by Mikel Arteta either. And it has reportedly put Fiorentina on red alert, with the Serie A outfit keen on attaining the services of the midfielder on a short-term loan deal in January.
Torreira is no stranger to speculations linking him with a return to Italy as the player has been linked with a move to AC Milan in the past. He also played in Serie A before moving to Arsenal in the summer of 2018, marking the start of his rapid downfall.
The 24-year-old’s spell at the Emirates has been far from a success, even under previous manager Unai Emery. As a result, he was sent on loan to Atletico Madrid – a move that played a key role in accentuating Thomas Partey’s transfer to Arsenal in the summer. However, it wasn’t a good one for Atleti.
As we reach the halfway point of the campaign, it is fair to point out that Torreira has struggled in Spain. After featuring in the first few games, the Uruguayan international has fallen behind the likes of Geoffrey Kondogbia, Hector Herrera and Koke in the pecking order. In fact, he has mustered only 200 minutes of league football, making just two starts in 17 matches.
Fiorentina, however, are willing to hand him a lifeline by returning to Serie A and play regular first-team football. La Viola have already shown eagerness to sign a new midfielder as they prepare for the potential departure of Erick Pulgar and Riccardo Saponara while the returning Borja Valero is in the final phase of his career.
It could thus make Torreira a valued member of the first-team. In addition, the midfielder already shares a good connection to the Italian culture, having played for Pescara and Sampdoria for a combined total of four and a half years – making it a sensible move for all parties involved. It now remains to be seen if Torreira returns to Arsenal this month before making his way to Serie A.