Exclusive: Lucas Torreira of Arsenal close to Atletico Madrid

How close is the deal?

No medical examination has yet been organized and nothing has been signed, but Athleticism understands that the parties involved are close to an agreement.

What is the structure of the agreement?

Torreira will join Atletico initially on loan, with the club having the option of signing him permanently.

Arsenal had sought to secure a fee for the player this summer, but given the Spanish club’s financial situation – Atletico have outstanding payments at their Wanda Metropolitano stadium – they had to settle for that arrangement.

What’s wrong with him at Arsenal?

When Torreira was signed from Sampdoria in the summer of 2018, he was first hailed as the answer to Arsenal’s midfield problems.

His impressive performances at that summer’s World Cup for Uruguay suggest he could bring in the tactical discipline and stubborn tackling they needed.

After a good start, however, Torreira struggled to settle in England. His deployment in an advanced midfielder role by Unai Emery didn’t help matters, and under Mikel Arteta he was a peripheral figure.

How did the deal go?

Torreira’s desire to play first-team football has been the driving force behind this deal, and the player is grateful that the club have acknowledged his wishes.

Technical director Edu has been Arsenal’s main point of contact in the negotiations and has shown his willingness to make this deal a reality.

On the player’s side, Torreira has been convinced by Diego Simeone that he will play an important role for Atletico next season, and potentially beyond.

Is Thomas Partey involved in the transfer?

No. The deal for Torreira remains separate from Arsenal’s long-standing interest in Partey.

Although Torreira may look like a potential replacement for Partey, the Spanish club are considering allowing Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera to leave before the transfer deadline. Torreira’s signing does not necessarily indicate a willingness to give up Partey.

For most of the summer Atletico have insisted that in order to acquire Partey Arsenal would have to trigger their € 50million (£ 45.7million) release clause. So far, there is no indication that the position has changed.

Who else will leave Arsenal this window?

There are several Arsenal players whose future is uncertain, mainly Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Matteo Guendouzi and Sead Kolasinac.

It is also possible that Reiss Nelson will leave the club on loan.

The last days of the transfer window for Arsenal promise to be eventful.

(Photo: Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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