Lucas Torreira was signed with a lot of hope from Sampdoria with Arsenal ending up paying around £26 million for the Uruguayan midfielder in 2018. In his debut season for the Gunners, Torreira featured in 34 league matches and scored two goals. In the subsequent campaign, he had been a regular for the team that almost 30 appearances. The defensive midfielder, though, moved to Spanish football with Atletico Madrid on a loan deal. Diego Simeone’s team had the option to buy him at the end of the loan move.
Now, Arsenal technical director Edu says that there is a lot of concern regarding Torreira’s lack of game time at the Wanda Metropolitano. The 24-year-old has had just over 200 minutes of game time in the La Liga this season. He has largely been kept on the bench by Diego Simeone and it has been affecting his market value for a while. Arsenal’s contract with Torreira runs out in 2023 and it would mean that the Gunners would be in a difficult scenario when Torreira returns from the loan spell with Atletico in the summer. He would have only two years left on his contract and Arsenal may struggle to recoup the transfer fee paid for his services in 2018.
According to Football.London, Edu said:
“The situation is very simple. Arsenal is concerned about Torreira, his happiness, that he plays, and that he is well.
“We want to know about him how he feels and, later, of course, know what Atletico thinks. For us, Lucas and his happiness are what is more important.”
Torreira’s inability to settle in English football is well documented. Unsurprisingly, the midfielder is finding interest from clubs like Valencia. There is also a strong surge of interest from the likes of Torino, Fiorentina, and Lazio. After having done well in Italian football before coming to the Premier League, Torreira is likely to favour a return back to the Italian Serie A.
Even though Arsenal are interested in letting Torreira join Atletico a permanent basis, it is very clear that Diego Simeone’s team do not want to commit anything at the moment.