Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
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Arsenal close in on signing of £22m Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira

Arsenal close in on signing of £22m Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira

Arsenal aren't close to a deal to sign Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira, according to a report in Italy.

According to the same story, the clause now stands at €25m and Arsenal would have to meet that figure to force Sampdoria to sell the midfielder.

According to Football Italia, Gli Azzurri had agreed to pay the €25 million release clause for the Uruguayan global and were in advanced stages of contract negotiations, when Arsenal made a competing bid.

"Anyone who wants him will have to pay that".

Lucas Torreira
GETTY Arsenal may be forced to spread out payments for Lucas Torreira

If Arsenal do get their man, he will follow defender Stephan Lichtsteiner through the Emirates doors as their second signing of the summer.

Meanwhile, Torreira's current release clause is expected to expire at the end of the current month and SampNews24 suggests that the Gunners are keen to finalise the move prior to the World Cup.

The north London side haven't qualified for the Champions League in the past two seasons to culminate in Arsene Wenger's resignation.

Torreira has a chance of starting in Uruguay's midfield at the World Cup after only earning his senior worldwide debut in March, although it may be better for Arsenal's transfer hopes if he didn't make their XI.


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