The Guardian report this evening that Arsenal have come to an agreement with Sampdoria over the signing of Lucas Torreira.
The Uruguayan international has a release clause of €25m which is only applicable if the entire sum is paid up front, but paying extra has been deemed acceptable to the Italian club and allowed the transfer fee to be paid in installments over three years.
The 22 year old is in Russia preparing for the World Cup with his country, and the report says a five year contract is on offer.
Arsenal’s interest in the player has been confirmed by the BBC’s David Ornstein, but his update is a little more circumspect.
As widely reported Arsenal in talks to sign Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira. No agreement but central midfield a priority & 22yo Uruguay int’l seen as ideal fit technically + financially. #AFC also want a GK after defensive signings of Lichtsteiner & Sokratis (announced July)
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) June 12, 2018
Central midfield, and defensive midfield in particular, has been a problem area for a while now, so it’s good to see us addressing this seriously ahead of the new season.
The Ornstein Tweet mentions a goalkeeper too, and there are rumours suggesting we could be after Barcelona’s Jasper Cillessen.
The Dutch international has been very much second fiddle at the Camp Nou, and there’s also reported interest in Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno – although he’s been linked with a move to Napoli.
It does look as if the midfield signing is close to going through though, and we can worry about the keeper afterwards.