LONDON: Lucas Torreira has joined Turkish Super Lig side Galatasaray in a permanent transfer.
Arsenal have confirmed that Lucas Torreira has joined Galatasary on a permanent deal for a fee believed to be in the region £7.5 million.
The Uruguay international’s move to Istanbul draws a line under a difficult four years at Emirates Stadium, two of which have been spent on loan at Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina respectively.
The 26-year-old had been expected to join the latter this summer but the Italian club refused to pay a pre-agreed buyout clause and wouldn’t pay the player or his agent what they wanted.
When Torreira arrived at Arsenal from Sampdoria in 2018 he appeared to be exactly what they were missing. Aggressive in the tackle, full of energy and with an eye for goal – as seen when he scored in the north London derby – he was impressive in his debut season under Unai Emery and popular on the terraces.
After the initial promise, things gradually started to unravel. Emery didn’t seem to trust him as a defensive midfielder and an ankle injury suffered three months into Arteta’s rein, coupled with the pandemic hiatus and the passing of his mother, seemed to throw him off kilter. By the end of the 2020 season, he wanted to leave the club and a move to Spain followed.
Everyone assumed Torreira would thrive at Atletico Madrid under Diego Simeone but in reality, he was used sparingly as part of a squad that won La Liga. At no point did a permanent move looks likely.
The midfielder enjoyed a much brighter season in Florence last time out and he hasn’t been short of suitors in recent months.
In total, Torreira appeared 89 times for the Gunners, scoring four goals and making six assists. Given we paid £27 million for him and are getting a fraction of that back, it’s fair to say things haven’t worked out well.