According to a report from Corriere dello Sport, Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is very close to securing a move to Serie A side Lazio.
The Uruguayan, signed by Unai Emery in 2018, became an instant fan favourite in his debut season. He was everything Arsenal fans wanted in the middle of the park, but things drastically changed in his second year with us.
Emery decided to take him out of his preferred number six position and played him in a more advanced role. Torreira was never really comfortable there and his form took a big hit as a result.
The Uruguayan, labelled as ‘incredible‘ by Bernd Leno, lost his confidence after that change and never really recovered. He couldn’t quite nail down a place under Mikel Arteta, and he was shipped out on loan to Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day last summer.
Lucas Torreira agrees a pay-cut to secure Arsenal exit
After a frustrating season – both on and off the pitch – in the Spanish capital, Torreira is desperate to leave Arsenal. He wanted to go back to South America, but that’s almost impossible due to his current transfer value.
He has to settle for a move to Lazio instead, and he has even agreed to take a pay-cut to secure an exit. The report claims that Torreira has agreed wages of about £2.5 million plus bonuses – almost half a million less than what he currently earns at Arsenal.
Edu is demanding £17 million for the Uruguayan and has even given Lazio the option of paying that fee in two equal instalments. However, the Biancocelesti are pushing for a loan move with the right to sign him permanently for about £13 million next season.
It is unlikely that Arsenal will agree to that deal this summer. It doesn’t really make sense to loan him out when he has two years left on his contract. Selling him will help us raise funds and Edu should not budge on his stance.
As far as Torreira is concerned, it’s a shame that things didn’t really work out for him at Arsenal. He is still a fantastic player who is capable of performing at the highest level. Sadly, he doesn’t fit our system and we can only wish him well at Lazio.