It looks as if one of Arsenal’s transfer window sagas is drawing to a close with The Athletic reporting that Lucas Torreira is “close” to a loan to Atletico Madrid. The deal would give Atleti an option, not an obligation, to buy at the end of the loan.

Obviously, Arsenal would prefer an obligation, but money is tight at the Wanda Metropolitano as evidenced by their steadfast refusal to move off demanding Arsenal pay Thomas Partey’s full release clause up front, in cash. Partey is not expected to be involved in the deal in any way.