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Lucas Torreira looks set to leave Arsenal.

Sky Sports reported on Tuesday that the Uruguay international was closing in on a move to Fiorentina.

If and when it goes through, it’ll be a season-long loan but Sky added that the Italians can sign him permanently for £12.8 million next summer.

And that figure epitomises Torreira’s fall from grace in North London, more or less.

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This time two years ago, no Arsenal fan would’ve believed you had you told them that Torreira, their star player during the 2018-19 campaign, would depart for that amount.

The 25-year-old midfielder was arguably the club’s best player during Unai Emery’s first season at the Emirates Stadium, so much so that the North Londoners reportedly valued him at £45 million.

And the idea that he could quit Arsenal for some £33 million less than that valuation speaks volumes.

What happened?

Even after a stellar first year in the Premier League, the former Sampdoria suggested that he wasn’t completely happy in England and Emery’s decision to experiment with him in a more attacking midfield role, combined with Mikel Arteta’s arrival in December of 2019, led to a major nosedive in form.

Arteta and Edu shipped him off on loan to Atletico Madrid last season but, despite winning a Liga title, his contribution was minimal having barely played under Diego Simeone.

Torreira only returned to London Colney late last week, after a year away from the club, but it looks like it’ll be a stopping visit because Fiorentina are waiting.

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