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The father of Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira has this afternoon provided a positive update regarding his son’s proposed move to Premier League giants Arsenal.
Torreira, a 22-year-old defensive midfielder, emerged as one of the breakout stars in Serie A this past season, with the South American’s combination of tenacity, passing range and eye for goal having proven crucial to the fortunes of Marco Giampaolo’s men.
Torreira started 36 of Samp’s 38 league outings, racking up 4 goals and an assist in the process.
Unsurprisingly, the performances of the Uruguayan international, who received a call-up to Óscar Tabárez’s squad for this summer’s World Cup, have seen Torreira linked with a whole host of top clubs, with Juventus and Napoli having previously been viewed as the most-likely possible destinations for the midfielder.
But, after Juve seemingly cooled their interest in the former Pescara man, and Napoli were reported to have switched their attentions to Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele following Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment at the Stadio San Paolo, rumours quickly began to mount that Premier League outfit Arsenal had moved into the driver’s seat for Torreira.
One less suitor
However, a number of updates over the fortnight that followed revealed that Napoli were in fact still very much in the race for Torreira, with the Uruguayan viewed as the ideal replacement for Manchester City-bound Jorginho.
This led to claims that the Partenopei had re-taken the lead in the race to secure the Samp star’s signature, but, as per a significant report from the Corriere Del Mezzogiorno last month which has since been backed by numerous other outlets, Napoli definitively ended their chase of Torreira’s signature, due to the midfielder’s wage demands.
Torreira’s contract in Genoa contains a 25 million Euro release clause, but it is reported that this fee has to be paid in full within 60 days of a deal being agreed.
Napoli were said to have been ready to pay the clause, but would not sanction the 3 million Euro+ annual wages that the Samp star was demanding.
As such, Arsenal quickly re-emerged as firm favourites for Torreira.
North London bound?
And, after the always-reliable Gianluca Di Marzio revealed a short time later that a 30 million Euro deal between the Gunners and Sampdoria was ‘close’, Italian outlet La Gazzetta Dello Sport then went on to claim that Arsenal had secured a deal with the Blucerchiati over a fee, and Torreira himself over the personal terms of a 5-year contract.
A number of outlets in both Italy and England then quickly ran the story over the preceding 24 hours that Torreira was all but confirmed as an Arsenal player, with Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero having since divulged that the midfielder had ‘left’ the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
‘To London for a medical’
As such, it has long been viewed as a mere formality that Torreira will, in the end, put pen to paper on a deal with Arsenal.
And the Uruguayan, who played a starring role in his country’s World Cup Last-16 elimination of Portugal on Saturday, has ‘a great chance’ of making the move to the Emirates, according to his father.
Speaking in an interview with Radio Crc earlier today, Ricardo Torreira revealed:
‘I want the best for my son and I also know that Arsenal showed a lot of interest in him.’
‘It’s not done, neither is it official, because he hasn’t signed anything, but there’s a great chance that Lucas’ future will be in England.’
‘There was no problem in the negotiations, and the latest is that as soon as the World Cup ends, he’ll go to London for a medical.’