On Monday, reports emerged linking the 22-year-old with a move to north London in January as Mikel Arteta looks to bring in cover and competition for Bukayo Saka.
Torres has scored nine goals and laid on 10 assists in Major League Soccer this season, while he also netted against the Gunners in a pre-season friendly during the summer.
The Uruguay international has already racked up 10 appearances for the national team and is widely expected to move to Europe when the January window opens.
According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal are the frontrunners for his signature even though their interest is only at an early stage – but the club intend to hold talks with Torres’ camp
Now the player’s agent, Egardo Lasalvia, has confirmed to ESPN Uruguay that he will have a meeting in the next few days with Toni Lima, who is one of Arsenal’s chief scouts with a particular focus on South American talents.
Lasalvia also confirmed that the interest from Arsenal is legitimate, but that ‘there is still nothing advanced’ over a January transfer to the Emirates.
Arsenal may need to move quickly to wrap up a deal for Torres with a number of other clubs circling, while his price tag will almost certainly shoot up if he enjoys an eye-catching World Cup.
Arteta has been looking to bring in a new winger for some time and tried to sign the likes of Raphinha – who swapped Leeds for Barcelona – and Wolves’ Pedro Neto during the summer.
More recently they were linked with a move for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhaylo Mudryk but were recently warned that it would take a mammoth bid to land him – with Torres likely to cost considerably less.
Arsenal are currently sweating on the fitness of Saka after he was forced off in the first half of Sunday’s thumping win over Nottingham Forest.
There is hope that he will be recovered in time to face Chelsea at the weekend, though his potential absence has once again highlighted Arsenal’s need for attacking reinforcements despite Reiss Nelson’s excellent display off the bench.
Source : metro sports