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Sampdoria sporting director Carlo Osti has confirmed that Lucas Torreira is leaving the club, with Arsenal expected to announce his arrival after the World Cup. The Uruguayan is on the brink of moving to north London in a £26.4million, with Unai Emery keen to reinforce his midfield after losing both Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla on free transfers. Torreira started his first match at the World Cup in Monday’s victory over Russia and gave an impressive display, taking most of Uruguay’s dangerous set-pieces.
Arsenal are believed to have agreed a fee and personal terms with Torreira before the World Cup, but are waiting until Uruguay’s participation is over before rubber-stamping the deal. And Sampdoria are already planning for life after Torreira’s departure, with Osti confirming that the club will sit down with new technical director Walter Sabatini and manager Marco Giampaolo to identify targets.
He told Sky Italia: ‘Tomorrow we will have our first meeting with Giampaolo and this is when our transfer window starts. ‘An excellent player like Torreira has left us but we will replace him. The squad will be competitive as always.’
Osti’s remarks echo those of Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero, who told TMW: ‘Torreira has left for €30million, I bought him from Pescara when nobody believed in him. ‘We took a gamble on him and we won, paying just €3million. The money that comes in will be used to capitalise the company.’