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Premier League giants Arsenal could accept a lower fee for Lucas Torreira in January transfer window despite previously agreeing a £13 million deal with Fiorentina, as reported by Tuttomercatoweb

After finishing 16th, 10th and 13th in the last three Serie A seasons, a Fiorentina side who reached the Europa League semi-finals as recently as 2015 appear to be heading in the right direction once again. 

In the wonderfully-named Vincezo Italiano (or Vinnie Italy, if you like), La Viola have one of the most intelligent and exciting young managers in Italian football pulling strings from the sidelines.   

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Giacomo Bonaventura is enjoying his best run of form since his AC Milan days, the signing of Nicolas Gonzalez was a real statement of intent while, in attack, Fiorentina can rely upon the explosive finishing skills of the irrepressible Dusan Vlahovic. 

But while little Torreira might not stand out all that often in those 3-minute highlight packages, no one should underestimate the impact the Arsenal loanee has made at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. 

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After falling out of favour under Mikel Arteta and Unai Emery – not to mention enduring a miserable loan spell at Atletico Madrid – Torreira is getting back to his bone-crunching best in Florence.

He’s already started seven Serie A games for a Fiorentina side sitting ahead of Juventus in the embryonic league table. 

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Calciomercato reported on Wednesday that Torreira’s agent, Pablo Bentancur, was at Fiorentina’s training ground for talks with the club chiefs.

It looks ‘very likely’, at this stage, that his season-long loan deal will be turned into a permanent transfer. 

And, according to Tuttomercatoweb, Torreira is expected to sign for less than the £13 million fee Arsenal agreed last summer. TMW claim that a discount is ‘inevitable’. 

While few Arsenal supporters will be losing any sleep about Torreira’s impending exit, however, the prospect of a cut-price departure will raise further concerns about the club’s ability to extract maximum value from their out-of-contract players. 

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