Sampdoria president ‘confirms’ Lucas Torreira to Arsenal

first_img 2 Torreira played the final three minutes of Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Egypt, coming on just 100 seconds before Jose Gimenez’s winning goal Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero appeared to confirm the transfer of Lucas Torreira to Arsenal on Italian TV as the Gunners edge closer to a third summer signing.The Uruguayan midfielder, 22, is set to complete a £26million move to the Emirates following the arrivals of Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bernd Leno. Speaking live on Sportitalia, Ferrero said: “Torreira has left for €30m. I bought him from Pescara when no one believed.“We bet and we won, paying just €3m. The money that comes in is used to keep the club going.”New Gunners boss Unai Emery has already made his mark at the club in his first month in charge, snapping up Swiss right-back Lichtsteiner on a free and Bayer Leverkusen stopper Leno in a £19m deal.Torreira, currently at the World Cup with Uruguay, will provide competition for Granit Xhaka in the holding midfield role, another defensive-minded addition as Emery looks to finally solve the Gunners’ backline issues. Torreira was born just six months before Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal reign began 2 Just five-feet-six tall, Torreira does not appear the typical midfield enforcer, but as N’Golo Kante showed with Leicester City and Chelsea, height can be quickly made up for with ball-winning ability and work rate.It was reported last week that a fee was agreed and now the deal appears complete after Ferrero’s comments.The move would already bring Emery’s spending to £45m in his four weeks in the Arsenal dugout, a total previous boss Arsene Wenger took more than four years to surpass.Torreira made 74 appearances in his two seasons with Sampdoria, scoring four times after his move from Pescara in 2016.last_img read more

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