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Report: Torreira to return to Arsenal after surprise Fiorentina decision

Lucas Torreira is set to return to Arsenal, with Calciomercato in Italy reporting that Fiorentina have decided against triggering the option to sign the midfielder permanently.

For much of the season, it has appeared inevitable that Torreira would stay in Florence. The Uruguayan is not in Mikel Arteta’s plans at the Emirates. And he has been a regular fixture in the side while away on loan.

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In fact, Torreira has featured in 31 Serie A games this term. Unsurprisingly, reports claimed that Fiorentina felt that it would be simple to keep the 26-year-old. They have the option to make his deal permanent for £12.7 million.

However, Calciomercato reports that Torreira is now set to return to Arsenal. They suggest that Fiorentina have decided against paying that figure for the former Sampdoria man.

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La Viola want a discount, and with that not forthcoming, Torreira will head back to Arsenal. The Gunners plan to put him on the market, so it appears that a dramatic comeback at the Emirates is unlikely too.

Torreira to return to Arsenal

Torreira’s struggles at Arsenal were disappointing to see. At times, it appeared inevitable that he would be a cult-hero at the Emirates with his tough-tackling and combative nature.

Unfortunately, neither Unai Emery or Arteta really managed to keep faith with Torreira. He has been ‘fantastic‘ at times.

Players have fought their way back from the brink. Mohamed Elneny is perhaps the best example, and he could now sign a new deal and stay next season.

Arsenal definitely need more in midfield next season. It seems unlikely that Torreira will be a player to help fill the void. The fans will be hoping for a busy summer. And they will want several new arrivals.

But if Fiorentina decide against a move, his future becomes a lot harder to predict, and a few more options perhaps open up.

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