The Copa America has been really entertaining to follow and watch over the course of the last few matchdays, to the point where we’re finding ourselves getting into it more and more with each and every passing game. Of course, even with that being the case, the only real emotional attachment we can have is with an Arsenal player or two – which is where Lucas Torreira comes into the mix.
Arsenal’s new Uruguayan central midfielder Lucas Torreira took part in his first training season with the Gunners on Monday after an extended break due to the World Cup. Pictures from his first training session have since emerged of the midfielder shouting and pointing to his teammates. Unfortunately, for the Gunners, there has been very little shouting and pointing going on during recent seasons.
Could be a leader
It may only be one training session, but Torreira has already shown in his short career so far that he is a feisty character. He is not scared of a challenge and for one so young he seems to have a lot of confidence.
Following a long-running saga that has been stretched out over the course of the last few months, it seems as if Lucas Torreira’s journey to the Premier League could finally be nearing its end as he prepares to travel over to London in order to finalise his deal with Arsenal Football Club. The 22-year-old, who has played for Sampdoria since 2015, has been viewed as a hot commodity for a while now, with his time at the 2018 FIFA World Cup with Uruguay doing nothing to harm that.
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.
Verdict: France victory
Best Odds: 1/1
On Friday afternoon, the first quarter-final of World Cup 2018 takes place, as Uruguay face France in Nizhniy Novgorod. Both teams have been in good form in Russia, so this could be a tight encounter.
Uruguay are on a run of seven straight wins, including winning all four games at the World Cup so far. La Celeste recorded victories in all their group games before beating Portugal 2-1 in the last-16.
Prediction: Portugal win
Best Odds: 2/1
You never quite know what the World Cup is going to throw up in terms of shocks and surprises, but if you’d have told people that this would be the A1 vs B2 match for the Round of 16, they probably wouldn’t have been all too surprised. Uruguay and Portugal are tenured veterans at this point and they know what it takes to progress into the knockout stages, with their elite forward leading the way. They’ll both be oozing with confidence, which could make for an incredibly fun encounter.
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.
Best Odds: 21/10
On Monday afternoon, World Cup hosts Russia face Uruguay in Group A, as the pair look to top the group and face a potentially more comfortable tie in the knockout stages of the competition.
Uruguay have won beaten Egypt and Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Group A to seal a knockout spot. However, the South American giants need to win this game to have any chance of finishing top of their group at Russia 2018. Oscar Tabarez’s side were pre-tournament favourites to top the group, but are currently second place.
Prediction: Both teams to score
Best odds: 5/4
It’s a tough start for Egypt as they face Uruguay in their first game of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but it shouldn’t be too easy for the South-Americans either. It should be an interesting goalscorer contest between two players that earned high praise in a Liverpool shirt – Mohamed Salah and Luis Suarez. Of course, Suarez has been playing for Barcelona since his move to Catalonia in 2014.
The Pharaohs didn’t show particularly great levels of form recently, winning none and losing three of their last five games.
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.