Date: 17th February 2021 at 1:52pm
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have begun laying the groundwork for the summer and have prepared an approach for midfielder Lucas Torreira.

The Viola are enduring a difficult season as they labour in 16th place in , having already dismissed coach Beppe Iachini and replacing him with Cesare Prandelli earlier in the campaign.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Fiorentina have begun looking ahead to next season as Rocco Commisso eyes a more competitive squad, with the Viola closing in on a deal with Torreira.

The Uruguay international has spent the season on loan at Atletico Madrid after falling out of favour with Arsenal, and is believed to be keen on a return to Italy after a previous stint with Sampdoria.

Fiorentina are confident that they can convince the 25-year-old to move to the Stadio Artemio Franchi and will begin discussions with Arsenal over striking a deal.

Gunners coach is not thought to be interested in retaining Torreira, who made 89 appearances for the Premier League since joining from Sampdoria in 2018.