South American star confirms talks ‘with Arsenal’ ahead of possible ‘dream’ January move
According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal have held conversations with Orlando City about a possible January transfer for Uruguayan winger Facundo Torres.
The publication quotes the 22-year-old as saying that Arsenal made contact with Orlando City prior to the World Cup, but any suggested deal was put on hold while he competed for his country in Qatar.
Torres, on the other hand, suggests that now that he’s returned to his club, transfer discussions could be revived, with Arsenal wanting to bring in attacking reinforcements before the end of the month.
After missing out on Mykhailo Mudryk, who joined rivals Chelsea over the weekend, Arsenal have been connected with a number of attackers, including Serie A duo Tammy Abraham and Dusan Vlahovic.
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After Gabriel Jesus was ruled out for several months with a knee injury, Mikel Arteta wants to add at least one new attacker to his squad to relieve the pressure on Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Martinelli, and Bukayo Saka.
Torres has surfaced as a possible target, and Arsenal saw his quality firsthand last summer when he scored against them in a pre-season friendly.
It looks the South American would jump at the prospect of joining Arsenal since he’s declared it’s his ‘dream’ to play in either the Premier League or La Liga.
“Orlando City confirmed to me that there was contact with Arsenal, but then I left for the World Cup and I didn’t want to hear about a potential transfer at that point. So the conversation stayed there but now that I am back with the team, we will see where the conversation goes.” “I would love to play in Europe. It’s a dream I’ve had since I was a kid. At the moment I am focused on Orlando City. But La Liga or Premier League would be my targets, and that’s where the rumors are coming from. But yeah, I would absolutely love that.”
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The Uruguay international has established himself as one of the top young wingers in the MLS, scoring nine goals in 34 games for Orlando City in 2022 to help his team win the US Open Cup.
Torres joined Orlando from Penarol last January and made an immediate impact in the MLS. He represented Uruguay at several young levels before being promoted to the senior national squad owing to outstanding performances in which he scored 29 goals in 54 games.
The teenager is rated at under £7 million by Transfermarkt, so he may be a wise addition to Arteta’s squad if he settles in England, but we’ll have to wait and see whether negotiations progress in the coming weeks.