According to Sky Sports (and other outlets as well), Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has confirmed that Lucas Torreira has left the club.
Torreira’s contract with the Italian club reportedly contains a £22million release clause, and Arsenal, reluctant to pay the whole sum up front, offered to pay an increased fee of £26.4million (€30million) in several installments instead.
Ferrero spoke live on Italian television and sad Torreira had left for €30million. He praised the club’s business sense as they signed the midfielder from Pescara in 2015 for just 10% of the sum they are set to cash in on his departure. After spending a season on loan back at Pescara, Torreira made a total of 74 appearances for Sampdoria and scored four goals along the way.
Arsenal parted ways with Francis Coquelin in January, and Jack Wilshere has refused the club’s offer of a contract extension under conditions less favorable for the player than his previous one, especially in the light of having his game-time significantly reduced as well. With Granit Xhaka, who agreed a new deal with the club a few days ago, and Mohamed Elneny the only remaining senior holding-midfield options, Torreira should get quite enough minutes on the pitch as the team battles to improve on the results of the just finished season in 2018/19.
Torreira is currently at the World Cup in Russia. He didn’t start any of Uruguay’s two games so far, but he made a significant contribution off the bench when a fresh pair of legs was needed in the middle of the park both against Egypt and Saudi Arabia, as his team secured passage into the knockout stages with two 1-0 wins. They are set to battle the tournament hosts Russia for the top spot in group A in the last round.
The words of the Sampdoria president are a strong indicator that Torreira’s move to the Emirates has already been agreed, and if so, the transfer confirmation should arrive as soon as Uruguay’s exploits at the World Cup are over.