Arsenal finally agree deal with Atletico Madrid over Lucas Torreira loan move

Arsenal finally agree deal with Atletico Madrid over Lucas Torreira loan move
The tenacious midfielder is heading to La Liga on a season-long loan (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal have agreed a loan deal with Atletico Madrid for Lucas Torreira, though the Spanish side are still waiting to offload Hector Herrera before making the move official.

The Gunners have been trying to raise funds to sign their top midfield targets – Lyon star Houssem Aouar and Atleti’s own Thomas Partey – though have struggled to find buyers for their surplus-to-requirements players.

Torreira had been in talks with the likes of Torino and Roma, but none of the Uruguayan’s suitors were prepared to pay Arsenal’s £22million asking price.

Lucas Torreira Arsenal v Chelsea - FA Cup Final
Torreira has been told he will have a key role by Diego Simeone (Picture: Getty Images)

That has seen the north London club begrudgingly allow Torreira to leave on loan, with both AS and The Athletic saying a season-long deal has been agreed between Arsenal and Atletico.

Crucially, there is no obligation for Atleti to buy Torreira outright at the end of his stay, though they will have the option to do so for that £22m fee.

Before the 24-year-old’s arrival can be announced, however, Atletico need to offload Mexican midfielder Herrera to free up a place in the squad and recover some funds.

Arsenal’s deal with Atletico for Torreira has no bearing on their hopes of signing Partey, with the Spanish giants still adamant he will not be sold unless his mammoth buyout clause is met.

The Gunners are not currently in a position to deposit the £45.7m release clause and are still trying to sign Aouar, with Lyon appearing slightly more amenable towards negotiating a price Arsenal could afford.

Houssem Aouar Olympique Lyonnais v Bayern Munich - UEFA Champions League Semi Final
Arsenal are trying to raise funds to sign Lyon midfielder Aouar (Picture: Getty)

Torreira made a bright start to his Arsenal career but has struggled for minutes under Mikel Arteta and has been convinced by Diego Simeone that he will get plenty of game time – and play a key role – at Atletico.

Arsenal are still hoping to offload a number of other players, preferably on permanent deals, with talks ongoing over the likes of Sokratis, Matteo Guendouzi and Sead Kolasinac.

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