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ARSENAL midfielder Lucas Torreira has emerged as a possible transfer target for some of Europe’s top clubs – and Real Madrid are the favourites to land him.
The Uruguay international, who joined the Gunners from Sampdoria for around £26.5m in July, has been a revelation this season.
Until Sunday when Unai Emery’s men lost to Southampton, Torreira had helped his new team to a 22 match unbeaten run in all competitions.
Arsenal have added some much needed steel to their game under the new manager and Torreira has been one of the main reasons for the improvements.
Ever since Patrick Vieira left the club, fans have been crying out for a midfield general type of player to replace him and Torreira fits the bill.
But his great form has attracted the interest of some of Europe’s top clubs, with Real having been linked with him last weekend.
The European champions have struggled for form this season after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus and are eyeing reinforcements.
While the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro are all still going strong in Real’s midfield, adding Torreira to their ranks would be a good addition.
And bookmakers Ladbrokes have made him 7/4 to move to the Bernabeu next.
He may have only just touched down in North London but Torreira is turning heads and plenty of European heavyweights are queuing up for his signature with Madrid leading the way,” Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said.
Barcelona are second favourites to land Torreira at 3/1 while Manchester City are third at 10/3.
Torreira has already made himself a fan favourite at the Emirates and a transfer so soon would not sit well with the home faithful.
The 22-year-old has previously insisted that Emery was a big factor in him moving to north London from Serie A, admitting his career could have taken a very different path had he not intervened.