Arsenal could use Lucas Torreira’s exit to their advantage this summer as they consider using the Uruguayan midfielder as bait in a potential swap deal.
The 25-year-old won the La Liga title on loan at Atletico Madrid last season, but has not done enough to earn a permanent switch.
Torreira has no real future under Mikel Arteta and is keen to move on, ideally back to Italy, where he played previously for Sampdoria.
According to Sky Sport Italia, new Lazio boss Maurizio Sarri is interested in making Torreira one of his first signings at the Stadio Olimpico as he looks to bolster his midfield options.
And that could be music to the ears of Arsenal and Arteta, who have identified Lazio’s Joaquin Correa as a transfer target this summer.
The Gunners view Correa, 26, as a viable alternative to Martin Odegaard, who is set to stay at Real Madrid following his brief loan spell in London.
Correa made 38 appearances for Lazio last season, scoring 11 goals in the process.
It has been reported that Arsenal have already seen a bid worth around £17m rejected for the Argentine, while La Repubblica claim that Lazio will not accept any offers lower than £25m this summer.
That should not deter Arsenal, but they are now hopeful of negotiating a swap deal involving Torreira, as reports Football Italia.
Torreira was previously valued at around £20m, but his price tag is likely to have fallen slightly, meaning Arsenal would have to stump up cash on top if they want to seal a move for Correa.
Lazio have been in contact with Torreira’s agent, though it is unclear whether the Italian club have any intentions on letting Correa go.
Meanwhile, Arsenal saw an opening bid of £40million for Brighton defender Ben White rejected this week, but are expected to lodge an improved offer.
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Arteta wants White to strengthen his back four next season, while the Gunners are also interested in Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, both of whom are currently on duty with England.
Ajax stopper Andre Onana is another name on Arteta’s shortlist following a recommendation from goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana, but he would not be available to play until November due to an ongoing drugs ban.
Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is reportedly ready to invest heavily in the playing squad as Arteta lines up several other targets.
Anderlecht have snubbed one bid worth £15m for midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, but both clubs are still in talks and there is a general feeling that a deal can be agreed.
Brighton’s Yves Bissouma and Leicester’s James Maddison are ideal targets but Arsenal would need to sell first due to their hefty price tags, with Granit Xhaka one of the players heading towards the exit door.
Norwich full-back Max Aarons has also been linked amid rumours Hector Bellerin could be replaced this summer, while Matteo Guendouzi and Alexandre Lacazette are also in the shop window.