Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Lucas Torreira close to signing in £22m transfer

Lucas Torreira close to signing in £22m transfer

Torreira is Sampdoria's key man in defensive midfield.

Massimo Ferrero, the Sampdoria president said: 'Lucas Torreira has a release clause.

Torreira has a buy out clause but it's understood Arsenal may need to pay in instalments as they look to make the most of their relatively limited budget this window. The Greek is due to sign a three-year contract with the Gunners with an announcement expected at the end of the month.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Emery has been left impressed with Torreira's performances in Serie A, with the 22-year-old spending the last four years in Italian football.

Lucas Torreira
GETTYArsenal transfer news Lucas Torreira is understood to be Unai Emery's top target

According to Football Italia, Gli Azzurri had agreed to pay the €25 million release clause for the Uruguayan worldwide and were in advanced stages of contract negotiations, when Arsenal made a competing bid.

The 22-year-old is now away with the Uruguay national team in preparation for the World Cup but it seems that the Gunners are already on the case.

Napoli will then hope that they can convince Torreira, who has been relishing the chance to join the Azzurri, to snub interest from Arsenal.

Arsenal are in the market for a new central midfielder following the departure of Santi Cazorla, while Jack Wilshere is set for talks with Emery before signing his new deal with the Gunners.

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