Arsenal have completed the signing of Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria for a fee in the region of €30m.
The midfielder had a release clause of €25m but the Gunners have paid more to spread the payments out over three seasons rather than the full amount up front.
Torreira is a Uruguayan international who has spent the last two seasons with the Genoa club, joining from Pescara in 2015. He arrived in London over the weekend to undergo his medical and sign his contract.
While the Arsenal Twitter account was teasing Gooners about an imminent announcement the Sampdoria social media team just went ahead and pressed the button.
— U.C. Sampdoria (@sampdoria) July 10, 2018
He’s made 74 appearances for the Serie A outfit over 2 seasons, starting 36 of 38 league games last season and 35 the season before.
Primarily a defensively-minded player, known for his high energy and tenacious approach at the base of a three man midfield, the 5’6 22 year old will be asked to do a similar job for Unai Emery’s Arsenal next season as the Spaniard prepares for his first season in North London.
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