Lucas Torreira: Arsenal in advanced talks to sign Sampdoria midfielder
NEWS DIGEST – Arsenal have intensified negotiations with Italian Serie A side, Sampdoria to sign highly rated 22 year old defensive midfielder, Lucas Torreira.
Torreira has a £21.9m (€25m) release clause in his contract, which has another four years to run, but it is reported that Arsenal offered the extra €5m to beat off competition from Napoli. The fee will be paid over three years. The Premier League club have offered him a five-year deal and are confident that he will sign it.
The Uruguayan, though not the biggest of players in terms of size, is known for his combative style of play and has been compared to PSG’s Marco Verratti on numerous occasions.
He has become a key player at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris and is ranked among the best defensive midfielders in Serie A. He has one Uruguay cap and will represent the country in the World Cup squad this summer.
It is hoped that if added to the Arsenal ranks, Torreira will provide a solution to the gunners’ long term woes in the defensive midfield position. The North London club have lacked a proper defensive midfielder for over a decade.