Arsenal outcast Lucas Torreira completes move to Fiorentina on loan with option to buy as Mikel Arteta shifts ANOTHER midfielder following Joe Willock, Matteo Guendouzi and Dani Ceballos departures
- Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira has joined Fiorentina on a loan with an obligation to buy
- The midfielder has not played for the Gunners since the middle of 2020
- Torreira fell out of favour with Mikel Arteta and spent last term at Atletico Madrid
- The 25-year-old returns to Italian football three years after leaving Sampdoria
Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has joined Fiorentina on a loan deal with an option to buy the Uruguayan midfielder at the end of the season.
The 25-year-old has not played for the Gunners since the end of the 2019-20 campaign having spent last season on loan at LaLiga champions Atletico Madrid.
Torreira had been training individually at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground since arriving back in London last week after being informed by Mikel Arteta that he had no role in the Gunners’ first-team this season.
Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has joined Fiorentina on a loan with an obligation to buy
Torreira (left) has not played for Arsenal since 2020 after falling out with Mikel Arteta (right)
The midfielder will make his return to Italian football after his performances for Sampdoria first earned him a move to Arsenal after the 2018 World Cup.
Torreira joined the Gunners that summer for a fee of around £26m and instantly made himself popular among the Emirates faithful with excellent performances against Tottenham and Liverpool at the club’s home ground.
However, the Uruguay international found game time limited after Unai Emery’s sacking midway through the 2019-20 campaign.
Torreira completed a loan spell at Atletico Madrid last season following Arteta’s unwillingness to include him in the squad.
The Uruguayan international spent last season on loan at Atletico Madrid where he won LaLiga
The midfielder made 26 appearances during his stint at the Wanda Metropolitano, winning LaLiga with Diego Simeone’s side, though was given a lengthy period of compassionate leave following the passing of his mother in the middle of last season.
Torreira insisted after his mother’s death that he no longer wanted to play in Europe, but will now spend at least another year on the continent in Serie A.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have let another midfielder go after the £25million departure of Joe Willock to Newcastle United, where he impressed on loan last season.
Torreira (right) makes his return to Italian football after his pre-Arsenal years with Sampdoria
Matteo Guendouzi has also found a loan move to Marseille while Dani Ceballos returned to parent club Real Madrid after two years in north London.
Arteta has strengthened in this area this summer with the signings of Albert Sambi Lokonga and Martin Odegaard, while Granit Xhaka has remained at the club despite a desire to move him to Roma earlier this season.
However, the Gunners will lose Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny to the Africa Cup of Nations this winter while Ainsley Maitland-Niles is out of favour under Arteta.
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