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.

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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.

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