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Atletico Madrid interest in Lucas Torreira raises hopes for Arsenal landing Thomas Partey

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Arsenal are open to a deal that could partially finance their acquisition of Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey, with Lucas Torreira moving the other way.

After a bright start to life at Arsenal, Torreira has fallen out of favour, with reports that he might be one of the fringe players that the London side seek to cash-in on in order to finance moves for their transfer targets.

Mikel Arteta is desperate to sign a defensive midfielder in the summer after identifying it as a problematic position.

According to reports in Spain, Diego Simeone has spoken directly with Lucas Torreira as Atletico Madrid plan to sign the midfielder on loan from Arsenal.

Arsenal have already offered Matteo Guendouzi and Alexandre Lacazette as part of a deal which would see Partey move to the Emirates Stadium. But Atletico have turned down Arsenal’s bids this summer and are requesting that the Gunners meet Partey’s €50 million (£45.5m) release clause.

The interest in Torreira by Simeone comes after long time suitors Torino ruled themselves out of the race to sign the midfielder.

Meanwhile, Torino have ruled themselves out of the running to sign Torreira, despite Giampaolo being keen to work with the midfielder 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 director, Davide Vagnati, told Sky Sport Italia on Sunday.

‘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.”

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