Charles Watts, the Arsenal correspondent for Goal, has been discussing reports linking Lucas Torreira with a move to Atletico Madrid during a recent video on his YouTube channel.
The Uruguayan is yet to feature for Mikel Arteta’s side this season (as per Transfermarkt) and the journalist provided an update on what the La Liga club are hoping for with regards to the 24-year-old. Meanwhile, the Gunners have been credited with a strong interest in Atletico’s Thomas Partey, and Watts discussed whether the respective interests in either player will have a knock-on effect on the other.
Here is what he had to say:
“From what I understand with Lucas Torreira and people I’ve spoken to today, Arsenal very much expect that he could be somebody who leaves before the end of the transfer window. Now, that is not exactly a secret; he’s not playing, he hasn’t been in either of the squads at the moment in the Premier League – understandably so when Arsenal are looking to get him out.
“They ideally would want a permanent move, Atletico Madrid, by all accounts, are only asking for a loan with an option to buy included. That doesn’t really suit Arsenal, but then you think about it, who comes into the equation? Thomas Partey.
“Could Atletico be interested in some sort of swap deal? Everyone has always told me that Atletico are not going to be up for a swap deal, Arsenal have to pay the release clause.
“From what I understand, Thomas Partey is open to a move, the ball is in Arsenal’s court.”
Do you think Torreira could be used as a sweetener in the Partey pursuit?
According to Watts’ information, Atletico Madrid are not interested in a swap deal involving their Ghanaian midfielder but in our opinion, the La Liga club’s very public interest in Torreira is something the Gunners could use to their advantage in their efforts to persuade Diego Simeone’s side to part ways with their player for less than the reported release clause.