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MLS star could he the suprise move for Arsenal

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Arsenal is considering a January move for Orlando City and MLS star Facundo Torres.

Mikel Arteta’s men are flying high in the Premier League and have been doing so because of the form of their top players.

Some of them have been involved in too many matches because there is a lack of good alternatives for them.

This could be a problem in the second half of the season and the Gunners want to solve that by adding some new names to their group in the next transfer window.

Several players are on their radar now and Torres is the latest to be added to their shopping list ahead of the next transfer window.

Standard Sports reports Arsenal scouted the 22-year-old in the last MLS season and they could begin talks with his entourage over a summer move soon.

He scored nine goals and provided eight assists in 33 MLS games in the 2022 season and Arsenal believes he could add more to their squad if he moves to London.

Torres, who played and scored against Arsenal in a pre-season friendly over the summer, only moved to Orlando in January, leaving Uruguayan side Penarol for around £7.75million and signing a four-year contract with the option for a further 12 months.

Arsenal’s interest in Torres is believed to partly be born out of the findings of scout Toni Lima. Since technical director Edu was appointed at Emirates Stadium in 2019, the club has shifted to a more data-led approach when identifying talent.

But Arsenal do still use traditional scouting methods and Lima, who was appointed in 2021, has a strong track record of identifying South American talent and is credited with being one of the first to spot Neymar and Philippe Coutinho.

Arsenal have been tracking several right wingers over the past year or so, including Wolves’ Pedro Neto and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhaylo Mudryk.

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