Arsenal and Atletico Madrid did not reach an agreement over a purchase option in Lucas Torreira’s loan deal, his agent has claimed.
The Gunners had been attempting to sell Torreira throughout the summer but after failing to agree deals with Italian clubs they agreed to send the Uruguayan to Atletico Madrid for the coming season. Confirmation of the transfer was delayed whilst Arsenal worked at bringing Thomas Partey in the opposite direction.
It had been reported that Atletico had secured a purchase option worth £19million (€21million) if they wanted to permanently sign Torreira but his representatives have indicated that the Partey negotiation may have led to the removal of the clause.
“No agreement was found, now everything will depend on his performance,” Pablo Bentancur told TMW. “There is no purchase option because Arsenal had to pay the clause.”
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Though in theory this is a disappointment for Arsenal they equally might reflect that it is not in their interests for Atletico to have a pre-agreed purchase price for Torreira, particularly after a season in which he struggled to find form. Should the 24-year-old recover his form under Diego Simeone he could well fetch a greater price next summer.
Whether Atletico will be one of those clubs in the mix remains to be seen. The Spanish club were said to be furious over Arsenal’s conduct in the Partey deal, activating his release clause late on deadline day without having previously informed Los Rojiblancos.
Torreira was one of two midfielders to depart on deadline day as Arsenal made room for Partey with Matteo Guendouzi also departing on loan.
Arsenal had hoped to sell the two for sizeable returns, potentially a combined £50million, early in the market but had to settle for temporary deals, not even receiving a loan fee from…