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Arsenal are reportedly ready to recall Lucas Torreira from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid. The Uruguayan moved to the Spanish capital back in October after being deemed surplus to requirements by Mikel Arteta in north London.
Torreira proved an instant hit with Arsenal supporters following his arrival at the club from Sampdoria in 2018.
He was a regular under Unai Emery, who personally backed the signing following an impressive showing at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
His involvement last season was limited though at the Emirates Stadium and there was plenty of interest from Italy earlier this summer from AC Milan, Torino and Fiorentina.
A move failed to materialise though and once Arsenal decided to move for Thomas Partey, they used Torreira as a sweetener with Atletico Madrid.
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While both moves were separate, Torreira headed the other way to the Wanda Metropolitano on a temporary deal until the end of the season.
The 24-year-old has started just two matches in La Liga since arriving in Spain and there are already doubts over his future ahead of the second half of the season.
According to Florence-based newspaper La Nazione, Fiorentina have reignited their interest in Torreira.
They want to take him on loan for the second half of the season and the report adds that Arsenal are ready to end his current loan with Atletico immediately, due to a lack of game time.
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Atletico are said to be willing to oblige and allow Arsenal to negotiate an additional loan with Fiorentina.
Since joining the La Liga club, Torreira’s father Ricardo claimed his son could return to Arsenal but only to play under a coach “who loves him”.
“Lucas has a huge heart and puts a lot of effort into everything he does,” he told Libertad Digital.
“That’s why he’s not one of the players who likes to be on the bench waiting for minutes.
“He needs to show what he can give on the pitch. He’s encouraged with the game. And that happened at Arsenal.
“Lucas is honest and wants to leave his soul on the pitch, but that is defined by the coaches and for the current Arsenal manager he didn’t count.
“Lucas wasn’t on the bench because he wanted to be there, but by decision of his coach.
“For a 24-year-old boy, recognised in Uruguay and around the world, the most necessary thing is to play.
“Arsenal decided that he wouldn’t have minutes, but we promise, God willing, if everything goes well and if there’s a coach at Arsenal who loves him when his contract with Atletico ends, he’ll leave his soul there again if they want him.”
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