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Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira 'agrees Galatasaray move'

Lucas Torreira 'agrees Galatasaray move'
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Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira reportedly agrees to join Galatasaray in a deal that will pocket the Gunners £5.9m.

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has reportedly agreed to accept a proposal from Turkish Super Lig side Galatasaray.

The 26-year-old has been expected to complete a permanent move away from Arsenal for some time now after falling out of favour under Mikel Arteta.

Torreira found it difficult to make his mark at Atletico Madrid in the 2020-21 season but shone for Fiorentina last season with five goals and two assists from 31 Serie A appearances.

La Viola were understood to possess an option to make Torreira's stay permanent for a £12.5m fee, but the Italian club tried to lower the asking price and could not agree a deal with Arsenal.

The Uruguay international therefore returned to London Colney and was a part of Arsenal's squad for their pre-season tour of the USA, but that did not signal the start of a revival in North London.

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira pictured in July 2020© Reuters

Despite Torreira's agent revealing that a pre-contract agreement was in place with Valencia, Galatasaray quickly jumped to the head of the queue for the ex-Sampdoria man.

However, Torreira was allegedly stalling over a move to the Turkish giants, as he wanted more time to come to a decision on his future after his switch to Fiorentina fell through.

Now, journalist Fabrizio Romano reports that Torreira has finally agreed to join Galatasaray, one year before his deal with Arsenal is due to expire.

Romano adds that the midfielder will soon jet off to Turkey to complete his medical and sign his contract, and Arsenal are set to receive a €7m (£5.9m) fee for his sale.

Torreira prepares to leave Arsenal after registering four goals and six assists in 89 games for the Gunners since 2018, and the North London club will take a significant hit on the £25.8m they shelled out to sign him.

Lucas Torreira in action for Fiorentina in November 2021© Reuters

The South American won the FA Cup and Community Shield during his time in North London, but he did not play in either final after recovering from a serious ankle injury.

Torreira's exit would leave Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Mohamed Elneny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles to fight it out for the midfield spots in Arsenal's XI, although Oleksandr Zinchenko can also deputise in the engine room.

Arteta's side are still being tipped to sign a new lynchpin before the transfer window closes, and the Spaniard has confirmed that his side are looking for more signings in the current window, which could see the Gunners ramp up their interest in Leicester City's Youri Tielemans.

In terms of departures, Pablo Mari could soon follow Torreira out of the exit door, with the centre-back said to be in talks over a return to Italy with newly-promoted Serie A side Monza.

Alex Runarsson and Nicolas Pepe are not thought to be in Arteta's plans for the 2022-23 campaign either, but Arsenal are struggling to find suitors for the latter.

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