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Midfield partner already identified as Arsenal outcast green-lights next club


Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has given the green light to a summer transfer to Fiorentina following his current loan spell, according to a report.

The Uruguayan left the Gunners on October’s deadline day to Atletico Madrid, with Thomas Partey coming the other way.

However, he has struggled for match action and has only played 11 times in LaLiga this season. Indeed, he has only managed one 90-minute stint since joining amid Atletico’s LaLiga title charge.

Speculation arose in the January window that he could make a premature return to north London. But despite the 24-year-old staying put, he reportedly has designs on his next permanent move.

Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness) claims that Torreira has green-lighted a move back to Italy in the summer.

What’s more, his move will form part of Fiorentina’s owner Rocco Commisso’s plan to invest in a top player in each part of his team.

While the club chief only has ideas about defenders and attackers, he has identified Torreira as his dream midfielder.

Commisso and Fiorentina manager Cesare Prandelli have also already worked out a detailed plan for the player.

They want him to form a partnership with Sofyan Amrabat, who has become a vital part of the side. The 24-year-old signed up to a loan with Hellas Verona last season, but has stamped his mark on the team this term.

Torreira, meanwhile, has experience of Serie A after playing for Sampdoria earlier in his career.

In any case, it seems unlikely that he will form part of Mikel Arteta‘s long-term plan in north London.

Torreira could form part of clear-out

However, the midfielder may end up being one of several Arsenal players to leave in the summer.

Reports claim that the Gunners are planning to let another four players leave, after January’s exodus.

As per The Sun, the two highest profile of these will be striker Alexandre Lacazette and defender David Luiz.

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