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According to a report by Football London, Lucas Torreira and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are set to undergo their medicals with Arsenal as Unai Emery looks to secure a £43m double swoop.
Torreira has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks after Emery identified the Sampdoria star as being the man to offer some much-needed protection to our back four next season.
Our lack of specialist defensive midfielder has been apparent in recent years and while Granit Xhaka has plenty of attributes, his lack of defensive awareness has left us exposed so there’s no doubt we need to sign a holding player and Torreira is the man Emery wants.
We’ve reportedly been in talks with Sampdoria and their president Massimo Ferrero let slip last week that a €30m [£26m] deal had been agreed for the 22-year-old to leave this summer.
Ferrero is quoted by Football London as saying:
“Torreira has left for €30million, I bought him from Pescara when no one believed. We bet and we won, paying just €3million.”
To add fuel to the fire, the agent of reported Arsenal target Stanislav Lobotka claimed the Celta Vigo midfielder was unlikely to make a move to the Emirates because we’ve already bought Torreira.
Branislav Jasurek is quoted by Football London as saying:
“Arsenal have bought Torreira to play six, so I do not think it’s going to happen. We only had a few words about feelings about the club, about what we think about Stanko’s future, but nothing in particular.”
Now, Sky Italia journalist Fabrizio Romano claims that a deal is ‘complete’ and Torreira is due to undergo his medical over the coming days ahead of his move to Arsenal.
Torreira will play for Uruguay against Portugal in their World Cup last-16 clash on Saturday so defeat would free the midfielder to complete his proposed switch to north London. If Uruguay progress, then Torreira could have his medical in Russia if needed.