Internazionale are considering offering Christian Eriksen to Arsenal as part of their bid to sign Lucas Torreira, according to Tuttosport.
The publication is claiming that manager Antonio Conte has requested the signing of a midfielder with the Uruguayan among those being considered.
Torreira has endured a tough loan spell away from north London this season, featuring just 13 times across all competitions for Atletico Madrid.
Do Arsenal need to sign a creative midfielder in the January transfer window?
The need to sign an attacking midfielder isn’t that high after the emergence of Emile Smith Rowe. If anything signing the Dane would only hamper the progress the Croydon-born ace has been making since his introduction to the Premier League back in December last year.
With two goals and five assists for the senior side, it’s fair to say the figure has made more than the desired impact Mikel Arteta had in mind when he started him against Chelsea.
There’s a stark difference in performance-levels between Eriksen and the 20-year-old. Whilst the Denmark international averages a mere 1.1 key passes per Serie A game, the England youth international averages exactly two. The input in the final third has been chalk and cheese with the young gun coming out on top.
However, aside from on-the-field impacts, Smith Rowe also seems to be the type of player who will do what he’s told and when he’s told. The same can’t be said for Eriksen, who has a history of poor attitude during his final year at Tottenham Hotspur and with the San Siro giants.
From a financial point-of-view, swapping Torreira for the playmaker doesn’t make sense. The £31.5m-rated ace is already 28-years-old and holds no value in the market due to his horrible inconsistency since leaving Spurs. Meanwhile, at 24-years-old, Torreira still holds value and can be transferred for money, which would prove vital given the Gunners’ current predicament.
Would Eriksen prove an upgrade on Smith Rowe? Not necessarily and with the youngster performing so well, there doesn’t seem to be the need for a new number 10 at N5.