ARSENAL’S hopes of signing Thomas Partey have been handed a significant boost, by Atletico Madrid’s reported interest in Lucas Torreira.
The Gunners have been chasing the Ghanaian midfielder all summer, but have had no luck lowering Atletico’s demands of his £45million release clause being paid in full.
But boss Diego Simeone’s interest in Torreira, 24, could change matters.
According to El Gol Digital, Simeone’s admiration for tough tackling Torreira could lead to Atletico accepting a cash-plus-player deal for their No5.
Partey, 27, is said to be interested in a move to the Emirates, having turned down a new contract at Atletico Madrid that would raise his release clause.
And having made only seven league starts in ten months under Mikel Arteta, Torreira also appears keen to move on.
The Uruguayan has been linked with a £22m switch to Torino.
But Atletico could hijack the deal.
Torreira himself was coy when speaking to Sport 890.
He said: “I have a contract with the club and I have to respect it, obviously if I have to leave it will be for the best.
“We have to be calm and wait.”
With the coronavirus pandemic having hit Atletico hard, part-exchange deals could be their only opportunity to refresh their squad before this year’s October 5 transfer deadline.
And there are set to be more outgoings.
Ex-Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has flown to Turin ahead of completing a return to Juventus on loan.
While another former Blue Diego Costa has offers from China, Qatar and the United States.
Former Monaco star Thomas Lemar could also be moved on as Atletico try and balance the books.