October 11, 2022
Arsenal loanee wins 3 player of the month awards in 2022

FLORENCE, ITALY - APRIL 03: Lucas Sebastián Torreira Di Pascua of ACF Fiorentina reacts during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Empoli FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on April 3, 2022 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
FLORENCE, ITALY: Lucas Sebastián Torreira Di Pascua of ACF Fiorentina reacts during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Empoli FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on April 3, 2022. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

On Friday, Lucas Torreira, on loan from Arsenal, posted on his Twitter account to confirm that he had once again been chosen as Fiorentina player of the month – this time for April.

Torreira had previously won the January and March awards, so this is his third award in quick succession.

“Thank you so much for continuing to show me your appreciation and affection,” Torreira wrote. “You will always have the best of me.”

In a relatively poor month for Fiorentina, it may not have been particularly difficult to rise to the top.

The team started the month with three wins but ended it with three straight losses to be knocked out of the Italian domestic cup and fall behind in the race for European Serie A places.

Torreira scored the winner in one of his three wins and clearly did enough in the other matches to stand out.

FLORENCE, ITALY - APRIL 16: Lucas Sebastián Torreira Di Pascua of ACF Fiorentina looks on during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Venezia FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on April 17, 2022 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
FLORENCE, ITALY: Lucas Sebastián Torreira Di Pascua of ACF Fiorentina looks on during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Venezia FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on April 17, 2022. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

La Nazione recently reported that Fiorentina now expect to pay the buyout clause for Torreira, agreed with Arsenal to be set at €15m when he initially went on loan in Serie A.

Previous reports had suggested that Fiorentina could try to negotiate the fee, but these latest claims suggest they want a quick and easy resolution to his transfer, which is now close. The deal could be done by mid-May.

The change in position is likely due in part to Torreira’s performance.

Fiorentina have benefited from a few performances from the Uruguay international in recent months, as evidenced by all these awards, and he has arguably become one of their key players.

If Fiorentina don’t pay, Arsenal should have no problem finding another €15m buyer. It would be a good deal if Torreira continued to play as he has.

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