Arsenal secure deal for Lucas Torreira

Arsenal secure deal for Lucas Torreira

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As per a number of outlets in the Italian media this evening, Lucas Torreira is on the verge of a move to Arsenal, after the Gunners reached both an agreement with Sampdoria over a fee and the player over personal terms.

Midfield general

Torreira, a 22-year-old defensive midfielder, emerged as one of the breakout stars in Serie A this past season, with the South American’s combination of tenacity, passing range and eye for goal having proven crucial to the fortunes of Marco Giampaolo’s men.

Torreira started 36 of Samp’s 38 league outings, racking up 4 goals and an assist in the process.

Italian interest

Unsurprisingly, the performances of the Uruguayan international, who received a call-up to Óscar Tabárez’s squad for this summer’s World Cup, have seen Torreira already linked with a whole host of top clubs, with Juventus and Napoli having previously been viewed as the most-likely possible destinations for the midfielder.

But, after Juve seemingly cooled their interest in the former Pescara man, and Napoli were reported to have switched their attentions to Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele following Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment at the Stadio San Paolo, rumours quickly began to mount that Premier League outfit Arsenal had moved into the driver’s seat for Torreira.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 20: Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur controls the ball while under pressure from Willian of Chelsea and Tiemoue Bakayoko of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

One less suitor

However, a number of updates last week revealed that Napoli were in fact still very much in the race for Torreira, with the Uruguayan viewed as the ideal replacement for Manchester City-bound Jorginho.

This led to claims that Napoli had re-taken the lead in the race to secure the Samp star’s signature, but, as per a significant report from the Corriere Del Mezzogiorno over the weekend which has since been backed by numerous other outlets, the Partenopei have definitively ended their chase of Torreira’s signature, due to the midfielder’s wage demands.

Torreira’s contract at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris contains a 25 million Euro release clause, but it is reported that this fee has to be paid in full within 60 days of a deal being agreed.

Napoli were said to have been ready to pay the clause, but would not sanction the 3 million Euro+ annual wages that the Samp star was demanding.

As such, Arsenal have since re-emerged as firm favourites for Torreira.

North London bound?

And, after the always-reliable Gianluca Di Marzio revealed yesterday that a 30 million Euro deal between the Gunners and Sampdoria was now ‘close’, Italian outlet La Gazzetta Dello Sport have tonight claimed that Arsenal have secured a deal with the Blucerchiati over a fee, and Torreira himself over the personal terms of a 5-year contract.

Calciomercato and more are now also running the story that the Uruguayan’s move to the Emirates is on the verge of completion, with highly-respected Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano having Tweeted the following a short time ago:

As such, Torreira’s transfer to Arsenal looks set to be confirmed imminently.

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June 12, 2018 at 01:47PM

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