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.
His medical is expected to be completed within the next 48 hours, with no issues being expected from the personal terms. The fee is supposedly around £26 million, ensuring that he’d likely be one of the most expensive defensive midfielders the Gunners have ever purchased. It seems like the club are intent on focusing most of their attention on bolstering that part of the pitch specifically, with Emery already bringing in a few reinforcements in defence.
Considering they already have a strong attacking line-up of options to choose from it’s hardly surprising to see no real activity in that department, although it remains to be seen whether or not that’ll change once the aforementioned World Cup comes to an end next week.
It’s been a rollercoaster journey for football fans up and down the country and all over the globe, but beyond that, it seems to have shone a light on some of the deals that have been made for players heading to the Premier League after having a successful tenure in Russia. Torreira’s stock was already pretty high before the tournament, but with even more eyes being on him in the last few weeks, he’s even more notable as he prepares for the next step in his football journey.
Torreira will likely rest just in front of the back four during his time at the Emirates, serving as both protection for them and as a possible source of control & composure for the central midfielders. At 5 ft 6 he’s not the biggest and probably isn’t the strongest either, but he can move the ball around quickly and is also able to create something out of nothing. Plus, as the weeks go on, he’ll become much more comfortable with the hard-hitting style of play that English football is known for.
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