Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Arsenal 'in for Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira'

Arsenal 'in for Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira'

Arsenal are reportedly leading the pursuit of Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira after agreeing to trigger the £22m release clause on his contract.

Uruguay's first game of the World Cup is on Friday so if terms can't be agreed by then, it's likely that Arsenal might need to wait for the South American side to be eliminated before they can continue discussions.

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.

Today, Arsenal are ready to sign Lucas Torreira....

Lucas Torreira
GETTYArsenal transfer news Lucas Torreira is understood to be Unai Emery's top target

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

That being said, defensive midfield is one area of their squad that's needed investment for some time now, with Granit Xhaka not solving the engine-room issue as some might have hoped after his arrival from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016.

But Osti sent a message to prospective bidders on Sunday, ensuring they realise Torreira has a release clause in place.

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