Simeone 'personally calls Torreira' as Atletico target Arsenal man

Simeone 'personally calls Torreira' as Atletico target Arsenal man

Torreira is also linked with a return to Italy to join Torino, having previously shone in Serie A with Sampdoria.

The Gunners are though expected tocomplete a deal for goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson from Dijon in the next 24 hours.

Arsenal want to include Lucas Torreira in a part-exchange deal to sign Thomas Partey and have offered the Uruguay worldwide to Atletico Madrid.

Atletico are demanding nothing less than the release clause for Partey but their interest in Torreira could mean that Arsenal will not have to pay the full asking price.

The Gunners have been strongly linked with Partey all summer after Arteta identified the Ghanaian global as the man to add some steel to his side but they've struggled to agree terms with Madrid.

Torreira has fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal under Arteta, and has not featured in the Spaniard's matchday squad for either of the club's first two Premier League fixtures.

Diego Simeone is reluctant to lose Partey but he needs to raise money to finance his own transfer plans this summer and Atletico may decide it's time to cash-in as the midfielder has failed to sign a new contract.

Even though the deal will be complicated, Arsenal fans should remain hopeful that their team and Atletico can find common ground to ensure that both parties get the player they want.

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