BREAKING : Arsenal sign Torreira
Arsenal has completed the signing of Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira in a deal believed to be worth £25million.
A move for Torreira had been placed on the back burner whilst the Uruguay international was at the World Cup but, following La Celeste’s elimination at the quarter-final stage, Arsenal moved quickly to wrap up his signing. The former Sampdoria anchorman is expected to be the last major acquisition of a summer that has seen new manager Unai Emery, together with heads of recruitment and football relations Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi, overhaul the Arsenal defence.
The 22-year-old is expected to add the steel that Arsenal’s midfield so often lacked during the final years of Arsene Wenger’s reign. Despite his relatively diminutive stature, standing at five-feet-five-inches tall, he showed an impressive physicality with both Uruguay at the World Cup, where he featured in five matches, and last season at Sampdoria.
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Torreira’s arrival follows those of goalkeeper Bernd Leno, centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos and right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner and is expected to conclude the first-team strengthening this summer.