North London giants Arsenal have rejected the opening offer from Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid for one of their midfielders.

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is attracting serious interest from Diego Simeone with the Atletico Madrid boss said to be a fan of the petite Uruguayan international.

Italian journalist Matteo Pedrosi said that the Gunners turned down the opening offer of a loan deal from Atletico Madrid for Lucas Torreira.

Atletico Madrid wanted to sign the Gunners midfielder on loan with an option to sign him on a permanent deal.

The Spaniards are cash strapped at the moment and they need to release some of their players to fund the signing of new players like Lucas Torreira.

Arsenal are interested in Thomas Partey from the Atletico Madrid squad thus making the potential deals for Torreira and Partey almost straightforward.

Lucas Torreira signed for the Gunners in 2018 following the £26m transfer from Sampdoria in the Italian top flight.

Arteta has preferred midfielders like Granit Xhaka, Mohamed ElNeny, Joe Willock and Dani Ceballos ahead of Torreira.

The Uruguayan international was left out of the Arsenal squad for the opening league game at Fulham which ended in a 3-0 away win for the Gunners.

He was also conspicuously absent for the second league game of the season, a 2-1 win at home to West Ham United.



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