According to Mundo Deportivo, Fiorentina are ready to meet Arsenal’s demands as they look to sign want-away midfielder Lucas Torreira this summer.
Torreira is currently on loan with Atletico Madrid but does not see his future at the La Liga outfit after growing dissatisfied with the opportunities awarded to him by Diego Simeone, and will instead look to secure a new home in the off-season.
The Uruguayan has publicly called for the Gunners to strike a deal with Boca Juniors as he wishes to move closer to his family in South America, yet is unlikely to be granted his request.
Boca are not in a position where they can pay Torreira’s wage nor meet Arsenal’s demands for a permanent transfer, with the north Londoners setting an asking price of around €15million (£12.9m).
Fiorentina, however, are willing to draw up an offer matching the Emirates Stadium natives’ demands, as they consider Torreira to be the ideal addition for Giuseppe Iachini’s midfield as they look to strengthen his options.
The Serie A side have previously been touted as a potential destination for Torreira amid his struggles to establish a key role at Atletico Madrid, and had explored a deal for the 25-year-old last summer (La Nazione).
Torreira secured his season-long loan move to Atletico Madrid in October but has only featured 26 times for the Wanda Metropolitano outfit across all competitions, while starting just five of his appearances thus far.
With Torreira seemingly set on securing a move away from Arsenal in the summer and Atletico Madrid not considered to be a suitable long-term destination, word of Fiorentina’s readiness to lodge a suitable offer will surely be welcome at the Emirates.
Torreira had struggled to gain a key role in north London under Mikel Arteta following the Spaniard’s appointment last season and was not aided by an ankle injury (Arsenal.com), which helped to see the midfielder start only nine of his 17 appearances.
His inability to better that record in Spain will likely see Arsenal again look to move Torreira on if they receive suitable offers, even though Arteta has previously lauded the ‘superb’ Uruguayan and that he ‘fights for every inch’.
It remains to be seen if Fiorentina now come through with an offer given their previous failed attempts to sign the midfielder, and whether or not he is willing to return to Italy after his spells with Sampdoria and Pescara.