Arsenal are reportedly leading the pursuit of Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira after agreeing to trigger the £22m release clause on his contract. The 22-year-old is currently with the Uruguayan national side in preparation for the summer World Cup.
According to SampNews24, the north Londoners have agreed to activate the player’s escape clause but the deal is supposedly being held up by the agent’s brokerage fee. As such, the midfielder’s representative has asked a week’s time amid interest from the likes of Napoli and Borussia Dortmund but Arsenal are still said to be confident of wrapping up the move.
Meanwhile, Torreira’s current release clause is expected to expire at the end of the current month and SampNews24 suggests that the Gunners are keen to finalise the move prior to the World Cup. Until now, Torreira has made just three substitute appearances for the national team but Unai Emery’s are wary that the midfielder’s valuation may rise next month with a strong World Cup showing.
Arsenal have until now confirmed the Bosman signing of Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus whilst a £16m deal for Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund is close to completion. The Greek is due to sign a three-year contract with the Gunners with an announcement expected at the end of the month.