Lucas Torreira is closing in on the move to Galatasaray as Arsenal are willing to sanction a transfer.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Lucas Torreira is closing in on an exit from Arsenal, with Turkish side Galatasaray emerging as his next destination. However, the wait is on personal terms, as the Uruguayan is free to leave Arsenal.
Lucas Torreira’s future could be finally decided in the next few days as Galatasaray seem closer to reaching an agreement with Arsenal for the midfielder who is not in Mikel Arteta’s plans.
Arsenal have found it hard to offload players off their books, with Torreira chief among those who remain unwanted at the club. The Uruguayan was deemed surplus to requirements for the third season running, having spent the last two campaigns at Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina, respectively.
The Italian side refused to pay the €15 million buy option that Arsenal inserted when sending him on loan last summer. So despite the midfielder being keen on signing for the Italian side, a move could not materialise, forcing the Gunners to search for a new buyer.
Arsenal have received Galatasaray proposal for Lucas Torreira. It would be a permanent deal, waiting for the player to agree on personal terms. ????? #AFC
Arsenal are prepared to accept and sell Torreira immediately. pic.twitter.com/QDK2oiUdvG
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 1, 2022
Valencia were linked with a move, but Arsenal’s asking price would be too high for the Spaniards to match. Hence the midfielder remains on the market, with some other clubs keen on signing the diminutive midfielder.
Galatasaray are the latest side to show an interest. According to Fabrizio Romano, the Turkish side have submitted a proposal to Arsenal for a permanent transfer, with the Gunners reportedly prepared to sell the midfielder.
Arsenal do not need the Uruguayan, with Arteta heading into the new season with his renewed ideas. The Gunners had considered offering him as part of the deal to bring Arthur Melo from Juventus, but nothing came of it. Torreira also confirmed talking to Jose Mourinho about a possible move to AS Roma, although it seems a move to Turkey is the possible outcome for his future.
Galatasaray are on the lookout for talented players who could improve their prospects next season after finishing a lowly 13th last time out. They are keen to compete with their domestic rivals and return to European football.
Torreira seems like a cost-effective option available in the market, considering Arsenal are forced to sell him for less than his value with one year left on his deal. And a move to Turkey may prove good for the midfielder, who is looking for regular game-time with his new club.