Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has confirmed that Arsenal’s reported transfer target Lucas Torreira has left the club. The news comes as speculation mounts about the Gunners completing the £26.4million signing of the Uruguayan midfielder.
Ferrero told Italian broadcaster TMW: “Torreira has left for €30million. I bought him from Pescara when no-one believed [in his ability]. We bet and we won, paying just €3million. The money that comes in is used to keep the club going.”
Torreira should be an excellent addition
Torreira is a highly-rated young central midfielder, who is currently at the World Cup with Uruguay in Russia. The 22-year-old has been an almost ever-present for a solid Sampdoria side in recent seasons.
The midfielder has energy, a combative style and also uses the ball well, all the attributes needed for a good Premier League central midfielder.
Arsenal another central midfielder
The Gunners need to recruit another central midfielder this summer after Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere left the club as free agents. Even prior to the pairs exit, Arsenal needed to increase the quality in the centre of the park.
Switzerland international Granit Xhaka has enjoyed mixed fortunes since his big money arrival from Monchengladbach in 2016. Despite his mixed displays for the Gunners, the Swiss star recently signed a new deal with the north London club.
The central midfield has been a weak area for the Gunners. Xhaka is often overrun, even with Mohamed Elneny alongside him. The Egyptian arguably enjoyed his best season in a Gunners shirt in the last campaign. However, there are doubts whether the former Basel star can reach the top level of the game.
Torreira has been talked about as a replacement for Xhaka. However, it seems he is more likely to partner Xhaka if he does join, than replace him. Unai Emery previously played with two sitting midfielders to allow the four players in front of them to attack.
Signings will make Arsenal stronger
The Gunners were never going to spend a fortune this summer in the transfer market. The summers signings and prospective signings look set to make the Arsenal team much stronger for next season.
What may also make things interesting for next season is Unai Emery’s arrival. The Spaniard will no doubt do things his own way and hopefully his arrival can inspire the Gunners to better things next season.
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