Diego Simeone has already delivered his Lucas Torreira verdict amid talk of Thomas Partey swap

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is reportedly keen to sign Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira this summer.

According to Sport 890 – a publication in Uruguay – the Argentine tactician has contacted the Gunners star personally and told him that he wants to sign him before the summer transfer window shuts next month.

In addition, journalist Sebas Giovanelli hints that Torreira could be tempted by a move to Atletico and that’s despite looking set for a return to Italy amid links to Torino and Fiorentina.

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And with Thomas Partey on Arsenal’s radar, some fans are suggesting a swap deal that would suit all parties.

It remains to be seen if such a transfer does happen, but it could be second time lucky for Simeone and Atletico when it comes to trying to lure Torreira to the Spanish capital.

Ahead of the 2018 winter transfer window – a few months before the midfielder joined Arsenal – he was being tipped to seal a move to Atletico, but his then-club Sampdoria denied such rumours.

“There is no truth in these rumours, we have not spoken to anyone and besides it is too early to do so just yet,” the club’s Sporting Director Daniele Prade said – as per

“As our President Massimo Ferrero has already said we do not want to sell anyone in January, unless there are some players that are unhappy or not getting much playing time and want to move on, in which case we will do our best to help them find a quick resolution.”

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At the time Football Italia, claimed Atletico would pay a hefty €40 million to secure Torreira’s services.

However, he remained in Italy for the remainder of the 2017/18 season and reported interest from Atletico would suggest Simeone is a big fan of the 24-year-old.

But will the pair get a chance to work with each other?

Well, Torreira has…