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LUCAS TORREIRA has left Sampdoria, confirms club president, as transfer rumours circulate that he will join Arsenal imminently.
The Uruguay international has been hotly touted to make the switch to the Emirates this summer.//
New manager Unai Emery has made building a new defensive spine a priority judging by his recent transfer activity.
German goalkeeper Bernd Leno was confirmed yesterday and Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus has also been signed.
Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos will also join next month for £16m and Torreira is not far from being confirmed.
And that has been confirmed by Sampdoria’s president Massimo Ferrero, who was asked about the midfielder’s future.
“Torreira has left for €30m (£26m),” he explained.
“I bought him from Pescara when nobody believed in him.
“We took a gamble on him and we won, paying just €3m (£2.6m).