Here is the Arsenal morning digest for Friday, September 18.
Arsenal midfielder in a tug-of-war with two Italian teams
Roma have joined the race to sign Lucas Torreira, according to Tuttosport (via Sports Witness) .
The Uruguayan midfielder joined Arsenal from Sampdoria but has found first-team opportunities limited under Mikel Arteta of late.
The club are now open to selling the midfielder, and they have fielded interest from Torino, Fiorentina, and now Roma.
Torino were leading the race and wanted to agree an initial loan deal with an option to buy the player if certain goals were met.
The report states that Arsenal are unconvinced by that proposal, and that has seen Tuttosport claim that Roma have entered the chase for Torreira.
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Torino remain interested in securing the midfielder, but their pursuit is not ‘as safe’ as it was a few days prior.
Tuttosport claim that Roma are considering a potential swap deal with Amadou Diawara as well as a straight cash offer for Torreira.
Arsenal suffer £10m transfer blow as Mikel Arteta seeks Emiliano Martinez replacement
Arsenal have been dealt a blow with the news their bid for David Raya has been rejected by Brentford, according to reports.
The Gunners sanctioned the departure of Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa this week, and that has left Mikel Arteta in need of a replacement.
They had identified Raya as the ideal candidate, but his current club Brentford have rejected a £10million offer, according to The Telegraph .
The Spaniard arrived at the club last summer from Blackburn Rovers and is considered one of the best shot-stoppers in the Championship.
The report states that Brentford will not be allowing Raya to leave the club this summer, but they would be open to a deal that involved him returning to the club on loan for the…