There has been a lot of speculation over the future of Arsenal ace Lucas Torreira. The midfielder joined Atletico Madrid on loan in the summer but game time has been hard to come by.
Reports claimed that Arsenal would recall him from loan early and send him elsewhere. Multiple clubs from Italy were rumoured to be interested in Torreira, but it looks like they are set to face some serious competition.
Spanish outlet AS claim that Valencia and their rivals Sevilla are keen to sign Torreira on loan this month. The two La Liga sides are looking to strengthen their midfield in this transfer window, and the Uruguayan is viewed as an excellent option.
Arsenal’s technical director Edu spent four years with Valencia after he left North London. The Brazilian has a good relationship with everyone at the Mestalla, and that could help Los Che in their pursuit.
The report claims that Valencia have contacted Edu over a potential move. Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi is a huge fan of the midfielder and they are in the race as well.
It will be interesting to see how this pans out. Arteta recently hinted that Torreira will fight for his place in Madrid (read here), but interest from other clubs where he will be regular starter might just be too hard to turn down.
Arsenal Insider’s view:
It is extremely important for Arsenal that Torreira plays regularly. Arteta might not have him in his plans for the future, but him spending most of his time on the bench will hurt his transfer value.
Torreira will have just two years left on his contract in the summer. Arsenal, like they did a few months ago, will do everything they can to sell him at the end of this season, but we will suffer a loss if he doesn’t play regularly this term.
If Valencia or Sevilla guarantee game time, Arsenal should seriously consider this option. If he performs at the level we all know he can, his value will shoot up, and we can expect a substantial offer for him in the summer.