Arsenal are on the brink of completing a £22 million move for Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira as it emerges that the Serie A side have secured a replacement for his position from Zagreb.
Torreira is currently with Uruguay’s squad for the World Cup in Russia and Unai Emery has been tracking him since he was manager of PSG. The Spanish boss has a small transfer budget after Arsenal splashed the cash on the likes of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in Arsene Wenger’s final season and he wants to make good use of the cash at his disposal.
Torreira is a defensive midfielder and currently has a £22 million release clause written into his current deal with Sampdoria. Reports also claim the Italians have already prepared for life without him after they secured the signature of Lovro Majer from Lokomotiv Zagreb.
Torreira left Uruguay for Italy 5 years ago, first turning out for Pescara then in Serie B, before he earned a move to Sampdoria. His performances for Sampdoria have attracted the attention of several top sides and the Gunners are battling with the likes of Napoli, Juventus, and Everton to sign him.