Arsenal and Atletico Madrid close to transfer agreement for midfielder

Arsenal are close to loaning Lucas Torreira to Atletico Madrid, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano. The Uruguay international arrived in north London from Sampdoria back in the summer transfer window of 2018. However, he could now be poised to leave the Emirates Stadium.

 Arsenal thought Torreira would be a key player for the club when they signed him from Sampdoria two years ago, shortly after his fine performances at the World Cup in Russia.

However, a parting of the ways is now on the cards with the midfielder struggling for minutes following Mikel Arteta’s appointment.

And journalist Romano has claimed the midfielder is close to joining Atletico Madrid on loan, with the La Liga giants then having the option to buy him permanently.

“The new meeting between Atletico and Lucas Torreira agent has been positive,” he tweeted.

“The agreement with Arsenal is close on loan with buy option, but Atleti want to sell Hector Herrera before completing Torreira deal with #AFC.”

Arsenal have been linked with Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.

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But Romano claims Diego Simeone’s side are confident of keeping the Ghana international, despite the Gunners’ eagerness to snap him up.

“Atleti still convinced that Thomas Partey will stay,” he said.

Arteta was coy about transfers when quizzed on the matter on Monday night, shortly after his side were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool at Anfield.

“We are trying to improve the team,” Arteta told Sky Sports.

“There is a week to go. There are a lot of things happening in and out.”

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Meanwhile, regarding Partey, former Arsenal star Nigel Winterburn expressed a belief he’d be a better signing than Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar, who has become the Gunners’ priority target.

“I really like Partey because he is quick, solid and powerful off the ball as much as on it,” he said.

“There have been times in the past when Arsenal fail to break things down because of the pace of other teams on the counterattack, which is something that Partey could come in to do.

“He takes the ball in tight situations and has the power and the ability to go past the opposing midfield players.

“Once you start to eliminate in this way, as Partey does, you tend to open space in and around the opposition’s defence.

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“With Arsenal’s pace up front, they can take advantage of this and cause some damage.

“Mikel Arteta is not totally happy with the midfield that he currently has and looks like he wants to change it up.

“As always with Arsenal it takes a long time to get things done. We’re just going to have to again wait and see, but I don’t believe that Arsenal have the money to bring them both in.

“Also, when discussing ideal signings, we forget to consider whether those players want to join Arsenal, and that’s the most important thing.

“So, we’ve got to wait and see, but my preference of the two would be Thomas Partey.”

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