Lucas Torreira has told Uruguayan outfit Ovacion that he wants to complete a permanent move to Atletico Madrid next summer from Arsenal, after the midfielder joined Diego Simeone’s side on loan earlier this month.
Torreira, 24, has decided to leave Arsenal on loan in his third year at the club – joining Simeone’s men temporarily. He posted a message to Gunners fans on social media, which seemed more like a farewell despite a lack of permanent clause.
The Gunners have also loaned out Matteo Guendouzi to Hertha Berlin, making room for Thomas Partey and the return of Dani Ceballos. Torreira played the entire 90 minutes against Celta Vigo on the weekend, and made a sub appearance on Thursday.
Torreira was asked about his time in the capital and whether he sees himself returning to Arsenal, and the former Sampdoria man responded by stating he is hopeful he can earn a permanent move to Atletico Madrid in the coming months.
“I’ve suffered a lot of things, I had a lot of personal problems and more than anything my family also suffered,” Torreira told Ovacion. “I know that I am on loan. But I’ve been here four or five days and it seems like a lot, I’ve been treated very well.
“It all depends on how I go during the season, which I hope is very good, and maybe in the future I can stay in the club. Atletico has always been one of my dreams, one of my goals. Being able to achieve it at the age of 24 is something very important.”
TBR’s view – Arsenal should cash in on Torreira
And use the funds to sign Ceballos on a permanent basis. If the Gunners can bring in a £26million (BBC) fee similar to the one Arsenal paid in the summer of 2018, then they could use that cash to complete a move for Ceballos next summer.
Whether Arsenal could rake in that much cash for Torreira remains to be seen. The Gunners will be hoping Torreira impresses in an Atleti shirt, increases his value, and then earns a permanent deal at the end of 2020-21 campaign.