Arsenal chief Edu broke transfer promise to player after deadline day decision

Arsenal chief Edu broke a transfer promise he made to one player as the window slammed shut on Monday night.

The Gunners were one of the busiest teams in the January market – though mainly for outgoings.

Several left with Mikel Arteta dedicated to trimming his bloated squad and the ballooning wage bill.

Notable departures include Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac, as well as Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles on deadline day.

But one player that was expecting a transfer was Lucas Torreira – who has been languishing at Atletico Madrid this season.

The Uruguay international moved to the Wanda Metropolitano in the summer.

However, he has failed to impress Diego Simeone and he has started just three La Liga games – two of which he was hauled off at half-time.

Torreira was keen on leaving and moving back to Italy, where he enjoyed some of his best years with Sampdoria.

A number of clubs were interested in the midfielder, including Torino and Fiorentina.

And Edu was keen on allowing such a deal to go through after insisting Torreira's happiness was the priority.

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He said: “The situation is very simple. Arsenal are concerned about Torreira, his happiness, that he plays and that he’s well.

"We want to know about him, how he feels and, later, of course, know what Atletico think.

“For us, Lucas and his happiness is the most important thing.

"If everyone is happy, we will continue like this, if Lucas is not well, we will seek a change because there are many teams that are calling me to ask about the player’s situation.”

However, Atletico dug their heels in and prevented Torreira from standing any chance of cutting his loan short.

Despite not being fancied by Simeone, the Madrid outfit are still fighting for the league title and face Chelsea in the Champions League.

With such fierce competition on the way, Atletico did not want to damage their chances by intentionally decreasing their squad numbers.

Regardless, the likelihood is that it will continue to see Torreira left on the sidelines at the club.

As a result, Edu's promise to the 24-year-old that his situation will change if he was unhappy was broken after the transfer window shut on Monday night.

Where Torreira will end up remains to be seen with his Arsenal career up in the air following the arrival of Thomas Partey.

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