Arsenal could have the upper hand in their loan deal with Lucas Torreira (TF-Images/Getty Images)
Lucas Torreira’s agent has confirmed that Atletico Madrid do not have a purchase option in their loan deal for the Arsenal midfielder.
The Uruguayan completed his move to Diego Simeone’s side on deadline day, while the Gunners signed Thomas Partey after triggering his €50m (£45.3m) release clause with Atletico.
Fiorentina and Torino had also explored the possibility of signing Torreira earlier in the window.
But Torreira’s agent, Pablo Bentancur, has revealed that the midfielder was intent on joining Atletico and did not want to consider other options.
However, Atletico do not have a purchase option in their season-long loan deal for Torreira and could therefore be forced to pay a high price next summer if he impresses during his spell with Simeone.
‘Lucas’s operation was very complicated,’ Bentancur told Sport890.
Lucas Torreira completed his loan move to Atletico Madrid on deadline day (EPA)
‘Arsenal were targeting Thomas Partey and when the two clubs have a different objective it is difficult to be in the middle of the two operations.