Arsenal new head-coach Unai Emery has been wasting no time in strengthening the core of the team he took over from Arsene Wenger with the signing of Bernd Leno, right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner and centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos all arriving the club within a month interval.
The Spanish tactician, however, is also said to be in the market for a defensive midfielder as neither Granit Xhaka nor Aaron Ramsey looks capable to playing as protection to the back four. In light of this, Sampdoria and Uruguay international Lucas Torreira has emerged as a prime target for Arsenal and it’s believed the Gunners are very close on a deal to sign the South American this summer.
As per reports from the BBC, the cable network claims the North London club are set to complete the signing of the Sampdoria midfielder whose nation got knocked out of World Cup finals in Russia by France on Friday afternoon.
Torreira’s participation with Uruguay at the World Cup had been the major reason why he’s yet to get confirmed to Arsenal and with Uruguay participation now coming to an end, we expect positive talks in the coming weeks.
The midfielder is yet to undergo his medicals with Arsenal after he declined to do so while he was still at national duty as confirmed by his father who claimed Arsenal asked for the medical to be done in Russia but his son chose to delay things as he wanted to concentrate on representing Uruguay at the World Cup with any distractions.
Torreira senior is quoted as saying by Football London:
“Arsenal offered to do the medical in Russia but we decided against it because we felt it was inconvenient, it was not the right time.
“It is as good as a fact that Lucas will join Arsenal. There are many clubs who contacted us but we have given our word to Arsenal. We are very satisfied with what they offered.
“The deal is virtually done and only Lucas’ arrival is remaining.”
The midfielder is yet to put pen to the contract on table by Arsenal, but he agreed terms and the transfer is all but finalised. The Gunners are believed to have agreed a deal worth £26m with Sampdoria for his signing.
Torreira’s to Arsenal will reportedly be done next week, but it will all depend on whether he flies straight back to London or chose a return to his homeland with the rest of the squad.
But be it as it may, the defensive midfielder is set to become Emery’s fourth signing of the summer. And we believe his signing will reportedly signal the end of Arsenal’s major transfer business this summer.