According to a report from The Sun, Premier League club Arsenal are considering a move for Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira and the Gunners could trigger his £22m release clause this summer.
Arsenal head-coach, Unai Emery has made strengthening his new side’s defence a top priority after taking over the reins of the club from former boss Arsene Wenger as manager earlier this month.
Arsenal defence last season was one of the most embarrassing record for the Gunners which saw their defence shipped in an embarrassing 51 goals in the Premier League last year.
Granit Xhaka has mainly be used in the holding role but the Swiss midfielder is more of a deep lying playmaker and he’s often criticised for lacking the positioning awareness needed to track runners in front of the back four.
Emery, during his time with PSG, is fond of playing with two defensive midfielders so it’s no surprise to read that the Spaniard’s lining-up his transfer targets and The Sun is reporting that he’s considering a move for Torreira.
Torreira has been in sensational form with the Serie A club since joining from Pescara two years ago and he’s earn Uruguayan squad for the summer World Cup in Russia.
It seems the player’s potential and superb abilities has alerted the Gunners scouts as report suggest that Arsenal could trigger the defensive midfielder £22m release clause in order to get a deal done before teaming up with the rest of Uruguay in Russia.
However, Arsenal are bound to face keen competition from the likes of Liverpool, Everton, Juventus and Napoli in the race to sign Torreira as they are reported to be interested in making a move for him as well.
There is no doubt in Arsenal’s need to add a defensive midfielder to their rank as it’s the midfield has been a major concern for the club for years and the player’s has all the qualities they need in strengthening in the middle of the park.
Torreira’s £22m price-tag is within the club’s budget which is said to be around £50m-£70m so even with the signing of the midfielder, there’s still much left for Arsenal to spend on other signings.