An agreement between Arsenal and Atletico Madrid for Lucas Torriera appears to have been made with reports suggesting that a swap deal is on the cards.
Gunners’ manager Mikel Arteta has made his intentions for a defensive midfielder clear and with Thomas Partey being the top target, the Ghanaian looks likely to become part of the deal, according to the Daily Star.
It’s clear that the Premier League side are relatively thin in the middle of the park and haven’t had a specialized screening defensive midfield presence, since Gilberto Silva over a decade ago.
And with Los Rojiblancos short of funds, a swap-deal with a fee looks to be the most favourable outcome for both parties.
Although Serie A duo Florentina and Torino placed offers, the North London club are said to have rejected both approaches due to the nature of a one-year loan deal with an option to buy, preferring a one-off permanent move.