Orlando City winger Facundo Torres has admitted that Arsenal have been in contact with the MLS franchise to sign the Uruguay international, with the winger wanted by the Gunners.

Speaking to 90min, the 22-year-old revealed that Arsenal had made an approach amid reports that the north London side are interested. The forward said: “Orlando confirmed to me that there was contact with Arsenal, but then I left for the World Cup, we will see now how it goes. I would love to play in Europe. It’s a dream I’ve had since I was a kid.”

Facundo Torres confirms that Arsenal want to sign him

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Torres was a surprise name to be linked with Arsenal before the 2022 FIFA World Cup. And according to the player himself, the rumours were all true as the north London club have now seemingly been in contact with Orlando over the Uruguay international.

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Regarded by many as one of the best talents in MLS, the 22-year-old attacker enjoyed a breakout 2022 with Orlando that saw Torres earn a seat to Qatar last year. And with Arsenal in the market for a winger, Torres could be a left-field suggestion for Mikel Arteta.

With nine goals and eight assists last season, Torres was one of the most dangerous wide-players in MLS. And with Arsenal recently dipping into the American market with Matt Turner and Auston Trusty, the Orlando star could be Edu Gaspar’s next signing from the division.

Gunners could save millions by going for Orlando superstar

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As per 90min, Torres is being viewed internally at Arsenal as a potential backup to Bukayo Saka, with Mykhailo Mudryk previously being the name on the transfer list that would fill this role for the north Londo side.

However, with the Ukrainian international now a Chelsea player, Arsenal are scrambling for alternatives, with Torres a player who could save the Gunners millions in the transfer market given how little Orlando reportedly want for the Uruguay international.

Whilst Torres might not be Arsenal’s first choice as an alternative to Mudryk, the MLS star has clearly caught the eye of Edu and Arteta. And with central midfield also in need of strengthening this window, signing a winger on the cheap is far from a bad idea for most supporters.

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