It looks as if one of Arsenal’s transfer window sagas is drawing to a close with The Athletic reporting that Lucas Torreira is “close” to a loan to Atletico Madrid. The deal would give Atleti an option, not an obligation, to buy at the end of the loan.
Obviously, Arsenal would prefer an obligation, but money is tight at the Wanda Metropolitano as evidenced by their steadfast refusal to move off demanding Arsenal pay Thomas Partey’s full release clause up front, in cash. Partey is not expected to be involved in the deal in any way.
Despite arriving to much fanfare and with high expectations, Torreira hasn’t panned out at the Emirates. Unai Emery deployed him too far up the pitch, and Mikel Arteta does not rate his on-ball ability. Going out on loan to get first team minutes is probably best, at this point. Diego Simeone has convinced the Uruguayan that he’ll be a big part of the setup at Atleti, and I think Torreira’s skills fit well with how Simeone wants to play.
For what it’s worth, The Athletic reports that Torreira is pleased Arsenal have “recognized his wishes” to find more playing time. Torreira wants to play, and giving him a chance to improve and rehab his value should benefit the Gunners in the long run. We often hear “Arsenal don’t sell well” — this (Torreira, next summer) is a chance for them to buck that trend, especially if he has a good season in Spain.
The clubs have until the close of the transfer window on Monday, October 5th, to seal the deal.