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Arsenal have officially announced on Arsenal.com the signing of defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria in a deal reportedly worth in the region of £25m.
the Gunners new boss, Unai Emery has been in the market for a holding midfielder this summer after identifying it as an area that needed strengthening and Torreira emerged as a prime target with widespread speculation claiming Arsenal agreed a deal with Sampdoria shortly before the player flew out to Russia last month.
The 22-year-old chose not to undergo his medical during the tournament as he wanted to focus on representing Uruguay and he starred for the South American’s as they reached the quarter-finals before being knocked out by France on Friday.
However, following their elimination, Torreira flew straight to London over the weekend to complete his switch to Arsenal and underwent his medical at London Colney on Monday afternoon.
Personal terms weren’t an issue and the club have now confirmed on Arsenal.com that Torreira has joined the club on a long-term contract. Although the exact fee hasn’t been disclosed, the Daily Mail claim Arsenal have paid around £25m for the 22-year-old’s signature.
Torreira has chosen the number 11 shirt for the coming season and he’ll now head off on a well-earned break before starting his pre-season preparations in early August ahead of the new campaign.