Arsenal Open Transfer Talks To Sign £22m South American Midfielder

By on June 8, 2018

The summer transfer window is open and managers are working hard on their transfer targets so we’ll bring you all the latest gossip from around the globe. Today, Arsenal are in talks to sign Lucas Torreira….

Arsenal have opened negotiations with Sampdoria over a potential deal to sign £22m-rated midfielder Lucas Torreira this summer, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

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New boss Unai Emery is ready to overhaul the squad he inherited from Arsene Wenger and a new central midfielder is a priority as Santi Cazorla has left the club while Jack Wilshere’s future remains in serious doubt.

We’ve been linked with a number of players in the media in recent months but the Sun cited reports from Italy last week that said Arsenal had identified Torreira as a potential target.

The 22-year-old has impressed in the defensive midfield role since joining Sampdoria from Pescara in 2016 and he’s been named in the Uruguay squad ahead of this summers World Cup finals in Russia.

It looks like we’ve now formalised our interest as Gianluca Di Marzio claims that Arsenal have opened negotiations with Sampdoria over a potential deal to sign Torreira this summer.

The Sky Italia journalist says the South American midfielder has a £22m release clause in his contract but the agent and Sampdoria are trying to drive up the price by creating an auction between Arsenal and Napoli.

I can’t see us entertaining any bidding war as Emery reportedly has a limited budget of around £50m-£70m set aside for his transfer business this summer so let’s hope Sampdoria don’t try to play hardball.

We desperately need an all-action defensive midfielder to protect the back four and Torreira could an excellent signing as he’s been likened to N’Golo Kante due to his similar playing style.

READ MORE –> Agent confirms Arsenal’s interest in Ligue 1 star

At 5ft 6in, Torreira won’t be the midfield ‘beast’ many fans feel we need but he’s technically sound, has a terrific work ethic and is an astute passer of the ball so he’d bring other qualities to our midfield.

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