If one thing has become clear this summer, then it’s that tapping up is now absolutely fine.
Clubs used to get very angry about any suggestion of a player speaking to another team before a fee was agreed, but now it sounds like managers are just phoning round and convincing players to join them.
This example could actually be seen as a positive for both sides, as Diego Simeone has made contact with Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira about a move:
— Sebas Giovanelli (@SebasGiovanelli) September 18, 2020
Arsenal’s midfield is still a weak spot but it’s obvious that Torreira isn’t part of Mikel Arteta’s plans, so if they can find a way to sell him then it will free up a wage and bring in some money to put towards a replacement.
He could also be a great signing for Atleti because his aggression and scrappiness will be a perfect fit for Simeone’s midfield, so it can also give him a chance to revive his career too.
You have to think that Arsenal will let him go if a decent bid comes in, so hopefully Atletico make a move shortly.