Reporter reveals how new Arsenal signing was first scouted

Lucas Torreira was originally pitched to Juventus as a successor for Andrea Pirlo, says Adam Bates

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New Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira was originally pitched to Juventus as a long-term successor to Andrea Pirlo, according to Sky Sports reporter Adam Bates.

The 22-year-old Uruguay midfielder officially signed for the Gunners on Tuesday following weeks of speculation linking him with a move from Serie A side Sampdoria.

Torreira becomes Unai Emery’s fourth signing of the summer transfer window as the new man in charge at Arsenal looks to assemble a squad capable of challenging for trophies next season.

The midfielder was part of the Uruguay squad at this summer’s World Cup and he completed his move after his country were knocked out by France.

Now, Sky Sports reporter Bates has revealed how Torreira was first discovered as a young talent in Uruguay before his move to Sampdoria.

Speaking on the Transfer Talk podcast, Bates said: “The scout who found him in Uruguay was Roberto Druda [Pescara scout who unearthed Torreira in Uruguay] and he pitched him to Juventus three years ago as a long-term successor to Pirlo.”

Arsenal will be looking to at least break back into the top four next season as they look to bound back from their disappointing trophyless campaign under Arsene Wenger last season.

The north London side have not won the Premier League title since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 campaign, but they did win the FA Cup in three of the last five years.

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