As one of the most impressive midfield players in Serie A this year, Uruguayan Lucas Torreira has been a wanted man. The Sampdoria midfielder impressed with his eloquent yet abrasive style last year, and was a major stand-out in the team for Samp.
Now, it sounds like he might be on the move – joining Arsenal, if The Guardian are correct. The paper claims that a fee of around €30m has been agreed, over €5m beyond his release fee. The idea is to both ward off competition from Napoli and to show their intent for the 22-year-old to become a key cog in midfield.
Moving so soon makes sense, too. With Uruguay set to make it to the Knockout Rounds of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in all probability, Torreira will have ample chance to shine. A good tournament could have seen more suitors for one of the most impressive midfielders around.
His wonderful blend of midfield running, set piece specialism, defensive nous and ability to hit one from distance makes Torreira a rare midfield blend for Arsenal. To some, he’s a fine example of the kind of midfielder new coach Unai Emery likes to work with. If the Uruguayan can develop in the same way that Ever Banega did under Emery at Sevilla, then Arsenal will have a bargain on their hands.
With a signing made that seemed out of their reach, this is a major signal of intent without being too loud.