Arsenal in talks to sign £22m midfielder – report

Arsenal are in talks to sign Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira this summer, according to reports

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Arsenal are in talks to sign Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira this summer, according to reports in the British media.

The Daily Mail is reporting that the Gunners are keen on a deal to bring the 22-year-old midfielder to The Emirates as Unai Emery looks to bolster his squad ahead of next season.

The same article claims that the Uruguayan has emerged as a “preferred” transfer target for Emery as he looks to bolster his midfield options this summer.

The article says that Torreira has a buyout clause of around £22m in his contract with Sampdoria, but Arsenal could have to pay the fee in instalments given their tight transfer budget this summer.

The same story says that Arsenal have agreed a fee of around £16m with Borussia Dortmund to sign defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, which is expected to be confirmed next month.

Arsenal are on the lookout for a number of new signings this summer as Emery looks to build a squad capable of breaking back into the top four next season.

The north London side finished sixth in the table and without a trophy last season in Arsene Wenger’s final campaign in charge before his decision to step down.

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