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Arsenal hold talks with Uruguay and Sampdoria holding midfielder Lucas Torreira

14 June 2018

He has become a key player at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris and is ranked among the best defensive midfielders in Serie A. He has one Uruguay cap and was included in Óscar Tabárez's World Cup squad for the tournament in Russian Federation this summer.

Arsenal are keen to quickly conclude their £26.4 million (€30m) deal to sign Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira and are willing to conduct the midfielder's medical in Russian Federation, according to reports in Italy.

According to the same story, Arsenal officals and Torreira's agent Pablo Bentancur are jetting out to Russian Federation to negotiate a contract before the World Cup kicks off.

Arsenal fans have reacted excitedly to news of the possible transfer on social media, with one fan going so far as to describe Torreira as a mixture of N'Golo Kante and Andres Iniesta.

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The Gunners have signed Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free from Juventus, while a move for Borussia Dortmund's Greece centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos will be confirmed in July.

The 17-year-old had initially agreed to join the Gunners upon the expiration of his contract at the Parc des Princes, with new Gunners head coach Unai Emery playing a significant part in persuading Adli to join the club.

However, according to the source, in a desperate late effort to stop the midfielder from reuniting with Emery at Arsenal, PSG sporting director Antero Henrique has persuaded Adli that his future lies with the Ligue 1 champions at Parc des Princes and not in the Premier League.

Arsenal are set to announce the arrival of goalkeeper Bernd Leno in the coming days.

Arsenal hold talks with Uruguay and Sampdoria holding midfielder Lucas Torreira