According to Sky Sports, Arsenal have agreed a deal worth around €30m with Sampdoria to sign talented central midfielder Lucas Torreira. The report suggests that the Gunners will pay the fee in instalments. The Uruguayan starlet has a release clause of around £22million.
Torreira is just the sort of player that Arsenal now needs to be targeting, young up and coming players with big potential, while also adding quality experienced players.
An excellent midfield prospect
Arsenal have been missing a bit of bite in midfield in recent years. Swiss international arrived with a reputation for being feisty. However, that is often misplaced aggression and he has enjoyed mixed fortunes in north London.
Egyptian international Mohamed Elneny enjoyed a solid campaign last season for the Gunners, his best in an Arsenal shirt. However, there are question marks over whether he will develop into the standard of player the Gunners need to return them to the top-four.
In Torreira, Arsenal will be signing a tough-tackling midfielder, who is also excellent on the ball and a player who played every game for Sampdoria in Serie A last season.
At 22-years-old, Torreira also still has plenty of room to grow. In his current vein, he could be a top player in the future. The youngster’s performances for Samp earned him a place in Uruguay’s World Cup squad.
He may not be a starter for La Celeste in Russia, as he has won just two caps, but judging by his performances for his club side in recent seasons, he will not let anybody down.
Arsenal recruiting in the right way
A smaller budget often brings the best out of the people in charge of a club. They often have to be creative, such as the common practice of paying transfer fees in instalments.
So far, the north London side has made just one signing in the shape of veteran Swiss star Stephan Lichtsteiner. However, the Gunners are reportedly interested in signing German goalkeeper Bernd Leno and look set to seal a deal for Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
Boss Unai Emery and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat seem to have identified the weak areas of the team, in goal, defence and central midfield and are looking at strengthening them.
Most people would say well that is obvious, that is their job. However, football does not always work like that. Often management gets obsessed with players in a certain position and neglect other areas of the pitch.
However, on a set budget, the people in charge of the transfers seem to be doing a steady and sensible job, even if some fans are complaining about the speed of the deals.
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