Arsenal are wanting to sanction a new loan move in the January transfer window.
Mikel Arteta has already stated that his focus this window is on moving players out of the club as opposed to bringing them in. While incomings are being eyed, reducing the wage bill and overall squad size comes first and foremost.
Already there has been movement in that department with the loan departure of Sead Kolasinac to Schalke 04, the Bosnian re-joining his former side on a six-month loan deal that could be made permanent if the Bundesliga outfit avoid relegation this season.
Listed among the other potential outgoing are Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis, while movement in certain areas has the potential trigger up to four other January departures.
One player that hasn’t been of great concern this season has been Lucas Torreira, given he already left to link up with Atletico Madrid in the summer. As perfect as the match seemed, the Uruguayan’s time in La Liga has been anything but fruitful.
Torreira has featured on 11 different occasions for Los Rojiblancos, but has only completed 90 minutes on two occasions. In total, amassing little over 300 minutes has fallen well below the expected total at this stage of the season.
Speculation has been rife regarding a potential recall from Arsenal, who are aware that Atletico’s fine form that has seen them occupy top spot in Spain for much of the campaign is unlikely to make room for the 24-year-old anytime soon.
Amid the window opening, rumours have returned stating that while Arsenal’s stance remains as such, the previously unwilling Atletico may be in line for a change of heart.