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‘Advanced’ Arsenal Torres talks put on on hold

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By Dan Critchlow

ORLANDO, FLORIDA: Facundo Torres of Orlando City celebrates after scoring a goal in the second half against the Sacramento Republic FC during the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Exploria Stadium on September 07, 2022. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Uruguayan journalist Edgardo Buggiano first broke the story that Arsenal were set to hold talks with Facundo Torres’ representatives over a potential transfer, and the same journalist has now provided a new update.

Buggiano reports that Torres’ representatives are still in England, and talks with Arsenal have advanced.

However, the two parties have now agreed to move forward with fees and formalities after the World Cup.

Torres was included in Uruguay’s 26-man squad for the tournament this week, so his focus will be on his country for at least the next few weeks. It seems Arsenal have accepted that and put the deal on pause for the time being.

Goal’s Charles Watts previously wrote that Arsenal scout Toni Lima had set up a meeting between Edu Gaspar and Torres’ representatives over a potential move to provide cover for Bukayo Saka on the right wing.

Torres’ agent, Edgardo Lasalvia, confirmed to ESPN that a meeting was planned to discuss a potential Premier League move.

Torres is reportedly very keen on the move, but negotiations are still at an early stage, with no deal imminent.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA: Facundo Torres of Orlando City celebrates a goal during a Florida Cup friendly against the Arsenal at Exploria Stadium on July 20, 2022. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FLORIDA: Facundo Torres of Orlando City celebrates a goal during a Florida Cup friendly against the Arsenal at Exploria Stadium on July 20, 2022. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Torres caught the eye when he scored for Orlando City against Arsenal in pre-season, cutting inside to finish from outside the box.

Before that game, Torres had played 24 games for Orlando in 2022, scoring five goals and assisting four. But since then, Torres has played another 16 matches, scoring eight and assisting six.

The forward’s goal contributions per game have certainly improved lately, including three goals and two assists in the US Open Cup semi-final and final to win Orlando the trophy.

Source: Daily Cannon.