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Arsenal’s pursuit of Lucas Torreira will be done and dusted by early next week, according to latest reports in the Express.
There are only a few minor details that need to be finalized and after that, the club can officially confirm the Uruguayan as a Gunner. The deal is expected to be announced before the country’s next match against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.
The player is currently with his National team at the World Cup in Russia, where he appeared as a substitute in their opening match.
The club have sent few staff members to Russia to accelerate the completion of the deal as there are a few sticking points. The primary objective is to get the medical of Torreira done during the World Cup.
A €30m deal between his club Sampdoria and Arsenal has been agreed for some time now. With personal terms out of the way, the only detail remaining is the medical and the announcement. It is understood that Torreira will be given permission by the Uruguay officials to complete his move.
Once the deal is announced it will become the second transfer to be confirmed by Arsenal after the signing of veteran Swiss full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner. Torreira will provide an immediate boost to the midfield and help relieve some of the pressure that is often felt by Granit Xhaka.
Signing him has not been an easy task as it was complicated by the interest of Napoli and Borussia Dortmund to a certain extent. But, the offer of the Gunners and the superior financial package that they put forth proved to be the clinching factor in getting Torreira to agree to a move to Arsenal.