Italian newspaper Gazetta Dello Sport have claimed that Napoli have tabled a £25million loan-to-buy deal to sign Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira ahead of the January transfer window – including an obligation to make the deal permanent.
Torreira, 23, has struggled at Arsenal since moving to north London from Sampdoria in the summer of 2018. He was signed by the Gunners after an excellent World Cup with Uruguay, and some stunning performances in Serie A prior to that.
However, like with Arsenal’s demise following the exit of Arsene Wenger, Torreira has failed to be a success in the red and white strip. Now, he could be shipped off on loan as early as January – with Gennaro Gattuso sniffing.
The report claims Napoli have offered £2.5million to take Torreira on loan in January until the end of the season, and will include a £22.5million obligation clause to buy him in the summer. Arsenal’s response is yet to be reported.
TBR’s view – Should Arsenal agree to sale of Torreira?
Given that it is a fixed fee that Napoli will have to spend in the summer, Arsenal will be bringing in almost every penny of the fee they spent on Torreira 18 months ago – when they bought him for £26million.
The midfielder has struggled, but he is still young and it may be difficult for Arsenal to find a player just as good for such a figure. Should Arsenal agree to the sale? It should be down to whether the player wants to join the Champions League side.