Transfer Latest: Arsenal are plotting a swoop for the prolific South American midfield star

Lucas Torreira has emerged as the new Gunners target who will add strength to their midfield.


The golden era of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal ended in disappointment last season when the Gunners failed to grab a Champions League berth for consecutive campaigns. They, however, are likely to spend aggressively in the transfer market under new boss Unai Emery who has a monumental task in hand to bring those glory days back at Emirates.

Arsenal have already brought in Swiss veteran Stephen Lichtsteiner on a Bosman deal following his contract expiration at Juventus whereas Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos is close to being unveiled as well. Although the backline needs further reinforcements, the Gunners require some prolific additions in the middle of the park as well.

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As per reliable sources, they are pursuing a deal for Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira, the 22-year-old Uruguayan international, who has received massive acknowledgments during his two-year spell in Serie A football. The North London giants have reportedly offered a fee of around £26.5m for Torreira, the defensive midfielder, who has emerged as a colossal figure in La Celeste’s World Cup team. The failure of Granit Xhaka has pointed out the necessity of a deep-lying playmaker that the Gunners have been lacking in recent years and the uncertainty over Jack Wilshere’s future created a further void in Arsenal midfield. Mohamed ElNeny impressed of late, but the Egyptian is only good as a squad player which leaves Welshman Aaron Ramsey as their only quality and stable option in the centre of the field.

Sampdoria, meanwhile, are preferring Torreira’s £22m release clause to be paid upfront, but the Gunners are ready to invest a few million more in order to convince the Blucerchiati to agree upon a payment in installments. Arsenal, nevertheless, must find a solution at the earliest amid interest from several European heavyweights and should acquire the youngster to bolster their midfield.