Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has said goodbye to his colleagues ahead of joining Atlético Madrid on a season-long loan.
The 24-year-old hasn’t playef for Mikel Arteta’s side this campaign and has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.
Talks have gone well in the past few days and an agreement appears to have been finalized.
Goals Arsenal correspondent, Charles Watts, confirmed on Friday that Lucas Torreira had said his goodbyes to his teammates, as he heads to Madrid to put pen to paper with Atlético before joining them.
Arsenal are keen to offload Lucas Torreira in order to free up funds for their summer recruitments.
According to Daily Mail, Los Rojiblancos have agreed a season-long loan plus a £22m option to buy clause for Torreira.
This deal was originally thought to have aided Arsenal’s chances of landing Thomas Partey but regrettably, there would be no such thing.
Arsenal are still as far away from landing Thomas Partey now more than before.
Selling Torreira permanently would have been a dream come through for The Gunners’, as it would have gone a long way in helping them raise some funds for their transfer targets.
Arteta is still very keen to land Thomas Partey but is unwilling to match his £45m release clause.
Also, the move for Houssem Aouar is also proving difficult for Arsenal to pull off, as the Lyon want nothing less than £60m for him.
And Lyon’s president Jean-Michel Aulas has already given The Gunners’ a deadline of Friday evening.
Arteta has decided to offload Torreira after Granit Xhaka’s recent resurgence into one of the team’s top performers.
The Swiss international has now formed a rewarding partnership with Dani Ceballos in the middle of the park.
Torreira had dropped further down the pecking order following the return of Mohamed Elneny who played a vital role in the Gunners’ Carabao Cup victory over Liverpool on Thursday.
Furthermore, Mattéo Guendouzi has been restored back to the fold after being dropped towards the end of last season for disrespecting his boss.
There are still rumors circulating concerning an imminent departure for Guendouzi following his rout with Mikel Arteta.
However, Arteta had openly confirmed the player has apologized and he has forgiven him.
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