Diego Simeone has spoken directly with midfielder Lucas Torreira as Atletico Madrid plan to land the midfielder on loan from Arsenal, according to the latest reports in Spain.
Arsenal are planning to complete further sales before the end of the transfer market in order to fund moves for Atletico’s Thomas Partey and Lyon ace Houssem Aouar.
The Gunners are open to offloading Lucas with the Uruguay international attracting interest from Torino and Fiorentina, whose head coach, Marco Giampaolo, worked with the player at Sampdoria.
But according to AS, Atletico are also keen and have now opened talks with the Gunners to discuss a deal for Torreira.
The report states that Atletico initially want to bring Torreira in on loan, while Simeone has personally contacted the star on several occasions in order to persuade him to move to Spain.
Lucas is currently out of favour at the club as he has failed to make Mikel Arteta’s matchday roster for the first two Premier League games of the new campaign.
The report claims that Los Rojiblancos initially want to sign Torreira on loan, while Diego has personally contacted the midfielder on several occasions in order to persuade the South American to move to Spain.
Meanwhile, Torino have ruled themselves out of the running to land Torreira, despite Giampaolo being keen to work with the star again.
‘The coach has had time to evaluate the squad at his disposal, we are content with what [Tomas] Rincon is doing, so a midfielder in that role is no longer necessarily a priority for us,’ Torino’s chief, Davide Vagnati, told Sky Sport Italia last week.
‘We discussed the new technical and tactical project, he is happy with the players and there is still time to the end of the transfer window, so we’ll see what happens then.’