Monaco in the hunt to sign 24-year-old Arsenal on loan midfielder

Most footballers won’t want to move in winter unless they’re unhappy with their situation, so it would be understandable if the London giants player Lucas Torreira wanted a change of scenery. He wasn’t a regular starter for Arsenal but he did look like the ideal fit for Atletico Madrid when he headed to Spain on a season-long loan.

Unfortunately, Lucas’ nothing more than a bit-part player in Spain so it does look like the best option would be to recall him and allow him to return to Serie A where he’s been a standout performer in the past. That looked like the most likely scenario with recent reports indicating that multiple Italian clubs were looking to bring him in.

It even looked like the only question would be over which Italian side he would join on loan, but there’s been a late twist with the latest reports stating that he’s on his way back to the London club and a permanent deal to Monaco is now the likely outcome.

They confirm that the Ligue 1 giants are prepared to offer him a three-year deal so it would be a permanent move something that should be welcomed by Arsenal if it does go through.

It means they could receive an unexpected fee this month which could be reinvested back into the current squad, but it should also give Uruguay international a new start and the opportunity of regular first-team football again.

It remains to be seen how much Gunners would want for the Uruguayan midfielder, given they spent £24m on him in the summer of 2018 to sign him from Sampdoria.