Arsenal are preparing to recall Lucas Torreira from his loan at Atletico Madrid, according to a report from La Nazione.
The Uruguayan joined Unai Emery’s Arsenal back in the summer of 2018. He became an instant fan favourite and had a very impressive debut season in England. Sadly, that didn’t continue.
Torreira was forced to play in an advanced role by Emery in his second season. That didn’t suit him at all and it eventually dented his confidence. Mikel Arteta didn’t fancy him either and that pushed him away even more.
The former Sampdoria man joined Atleti three months ago on a season-long loan deal. On paper, he looked a perfect fit in Diego Simeone’s system, but the Atletico Madrid boss hasn’t been impressed with the Uruguayan.
Torreira has started just twice in La Liga this term. There have been rumours floating around about Atleti cancelling his loan deal this month, and it looks like Arsenal would be open to that as well.
The report claims that Fiorentina are ready to sign him on loan this month. Torreira is clearly not happy in the Spanish capital and Arsenal are reportedly ready to recall him in the coming days before sending him to Italy.
Torreira knows the Serie A very well. He made a fantastic name for himself with Sampdoria before he joined us. He is still highly regarded in Italy and it is no surprise that Fiorentina boss Cesare Prandelli is keen to sign him.
Arsenal should be smart now
Torreira will have two years left on his contract at the end of this season. Atleti had an option to buy him but it is pretty clear now that they will do no such thing.
Torreira, as good a player as he is, has no future at Arsenal. He does not fit into Arteta’s system and it would make no sense to bring him back and keep him at the club for the second half of the campaign.
Fiorentina are eyeing a loan deal for the Uruguayan. Arsenal and Edu should negotiate a clause that would force the Italians to buy Torreira at the end of this season irrespective of how he fares in the next six months.