According to the BBC’s David Ornstein, Arsenal will complete the signing of Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria next week.
As we all know the transfer has been in the pipeline for some time, and now that Uruguay have been eliminated from the World Cup, the deal can be made official.
Arsenal hope to complete Lucas Torreira deal next week. Agreed with Sampdoria & 22yo. Medical + signing imminent – depends if he flies straight from #WorldCup to London or via #URU Finishes 1st team recruitment but a younger player for future also likely before window shuts #AFC pic.twitter.com/LHkXid7Rda
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) July 6, 2018
Interestingly, that apparently completes our first team recruitment, which seems to rule out moves for another defender. We’ve been strongly linked with Freiburg’s Caglar Soyuncu, so unless someone else goes out that appears to be that, although there is mention of bringing in a young player for the future.
Arsenal had hoped to bring in Yacin Adli from PSG, but he was tempted into signing professional terms with the Ligue 1 side, so perhaps a player of that age bracket might be what we’re after.
Arsenal transfer business so far:
Bernd Leno – £22.5m
Sokratis Papastathopoulos – £16m
Stephan Lichtsteiner – Free
The fee for Torreira is believed to be in the region of £26m, which would bring our total spend thus far to £64.5m.
Having spent £55m on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, that’s an outlay in the last 6 months or so of £119.5m, so we suspect we’re very much in sell before we buy again territory.
Anyway, let’s see what happens. There are likely to be some departures of fringe players throughout the month, the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Joel Campbell, Cohen Bramall, Emi Martinez, and Chuba Akpom should all be on the move.
Unai Emery also has a decision to make about the inclusion of Lucas Perez who has returned from a season long loan at Deportivo la Coruna, while David Ospina is widely tipped to depart for first team football after the signing of Leno, with [every club in Turkey] interested.