Arsenal want to sell the Uruguay international Lucas Torreira instead of agreeing to loan him out, it has been reported in Italy.
The South American midfielder could depart the Emirates before the transfer market closes next month as Arsenal look to bring in cash.
Lucas’ stock remains high in Serie A, where he shone at Sampdoria, with Fiorentina and Torino making the running to secure his signature.
Both want loan deals but, according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Arsenal management are only open to selling Lucas.
Arsenal want to earn a sum from his departure and close the book on his time at the club, rather than sanctioning a temporary farewell.
Even a loan with an obligatory purchase variant would mean Arsenal could need to wait at least one year to earn a fee from the Uruguayan’s exit.
Torino are still trying to convince the Gunners to accept a loan deal, with chief Davide Vagnati working on the deal.
It remains to be seen if the north Londoners soften their stance on Torreira and let him head back to Serie A on a loan agreement.
In the meantime, Arsenal and Leeds United are looking at landing Marcos Paulo, TeamTalk suggest, but they’re currently losing out to West Ham United in the hunt.
Paulo is still only 19, but is very highly rated at Fluminese and has a £40 million buy-out clause.
He made 18 appearances last term, and the ace managed to provide two goals and three assists.