Atletico Madrid | Transfer Market Los Rojiblancos must sell a player first
In a rather unique transfer window situation, Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has undergone his medical examination with Atletico Madrid, without confirmation that the transfer will definitely go through.
The Uruguayan passed all the necessary tests without any problems, however it remains the case that before Los Colchoneros can complete the signing, they must let another two players leave the club.
Andrea Berta, the club’s sporting director, negotiated an initial one-year loan deal with Arsenal, although there is an embedded purchase option within the contract set at around 20 million euros.
Atleti must find destinations for two players, most likely to be Hector Herrera and Thomas Lemar, before Monday’s deadline if Torreira is able to wear the club’s shirt and not just a sponsored mask.
Lemar’s situation has been a challenging one to negotiate for Los Rojiblancos, mainly because of his high salary and the size of the fee that it would take to sign him.
After all, it should be remembered that Atletico paid Monaco 70 million euros for 70 percent of the French winger’s rights in the summer of 2018.
Herrera, on the other hand, simply has no intention of leaving the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano unless a very attractive offer presents itself.
Unlike Lemar, the Mexican joined Atletico on a free last summer after having spent six years in Portugal with Porto.
What would be easier business to conclude would be the respective exits of Nehuen Perez, Victor Mollejo or Nikola Kalinic.
Mikel Arteta has made clear that he doesn’t have Torreira in his plans at Arsenal, although this is a dangerous stance to take given the fact the midfielder could end up returning to north London if there is a failure to do business in Madrid.