The Uruguayan joined us from Sampdoria in the summer of 2018, when Unai Emery first came to the club. He became an instant hit at the Emirates, but he completely lost his confidence in his second season.
After a disappointing spell at Atletico Madrid last term, Torreira joined Fiorentina on loan at the start of this campaign and reports led us to believe that La Viola have an option to sign him permanently in the summer for £13 million. However, that clause may not be valid at the end of this season.
Fiorentina want to renegotiate terms of Lucas Torreira loan deal with Arsenal
The report claims that Fiorentina do have a clause in the contract that allows them to buy Torreira, but that is only valid if they qualify for a European competition next season.
That means La Viola will have to finish in the top-six in Serie A to be able to enforce that clause. The Italians are currently eighth in the table and only recently lost their best player. They may end up not qualifying now, which complicates their deal.
To avoid said complications, the chiefs at Fiorentina have called a meeting with their Arsenal counterparts in the coming days to renegotiate a deal that would see Torreira join them for a certain fee irrespective of what happens at the end of this season.
The Insider’s View:
It really is a shame that things didn’t work out for Torreira at Arsenal.
The Uruguayan, who turned 26 today, is such a talented player and he was arguably our best midfielder in his first season here. Emery changing his position really affected his confidence and he never recovered from that.
Now at Fiorentina, Torreira is showing everyone how good a player he is. A permanent move there is the best thing for him and it will be interesting to see if Arsenal will agree to renegotiate those terms in the coming days.