Reports suggest that Arsenal are in a strong position to sign defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria.
Whether Jack Wilshere stays at the club or not, Arsenal will need to sign another central midfielder this summer.
The losses of Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla have left the Gunners slightly exposed in that area especially in terms of defensive players.
Granit Xhaka is the most defensive-minded midfielder at the club which is perhaps where these reports come from.
Italian football expert Gianluca Di Marzio initially broke the news of Arsenal’s interest but now, a reliable Sampdoria-based site has claimed that the Gunners are in pole position to sign the player.
Lucas Torreira is a highly-thought-of defensive midfielder who made 36 Serie A appearances last season.
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The 22-year-old has a €25 million release clause in his contract but the stumbling block for Arsenal is an apparent disagreement with Arsenal over the fee paid to the player’s representative.
Arsenal must move quickly if they are to seal this deal. Lucas Torreira is an apparent target for both Napoli and Borussia Dortmund as well as Everton in England. Torreira is an excellent prospect and a fine player who would add a lot to Arsenal’s team. Let’s hope it can get done.