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.
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.
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.