According to the Daily Star, Sampdoria and Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira is expected to have a medical with the club next week ahead of a move reportedly worth £26.5million.
Torreira has long been linked with a move to North London. In fact, it has recently been revealed that he could have had a medical with Arsenal before the World Cup or even during the tournament.
However, understandably the midfielder wanted to concentrate on the World Cup, which his national side exited at the quarter-finals stage on Friday.
Could be a bargain buy
In these days of crazy fees, £26.5million is not a lot for a player with such a supposedly promising career ahead of him. In fact, the midfielder could prove to be a bargain signing.
It should also be pointed out that the £26.5million is a release clause in his contract. No doubt, the youngster would have commanded a far more substantial fee without the clause. His signing fits in with the Gunners sticking to a tight summer budget for signing players too.
A promising player
Torreira has massive potential. He has already shown for Sampdoria and Uruguay in flashes his ability. He is a central midfielder that can do a bit of everything.
While he is strong in the tackle, something Arsenal have missed even with Granit Xhaka in midfield, he is also intelligent on the ball, and can pick out a pass.
At 22-years-old, he is a player that still has time to develop, and he will have a sell-on price too. He is the perfect sort of summer signing for Arsenal, young, hungry and highly promising.
Torreira could prove to be the perfect foil for Granit Xhaka, who has struggled to convince in the centre of the Gunners midfield.
Arsenal squad developing nicely
This summer was always going to be one of players who were value for money, rather than big-money signings. The Gunners have done some decent deals signing the likes of Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis so far this summer.
It seems unlikely that the signings so far will be enough to put the team back to the pinnacle of the English game. It remains to be seen if Arsenal can push for the top-four next season. However, a new goalkeeper and defensive reinforcements were amongst the biggest priorities for the summer.
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