Lucas Torreira joins Arsenal from Sampdoria

Lucas Torreira has joined Arsenal from Sampdoria

Lucas Torreira has joined Arsenal from Sampdoria

Arsenal have signed Uruguay international midfielder Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria for £26m.

The 22-year-old, who played in all five of his country’s World Cup matches before the quarter-final defeat to France, will wear the number 11 shirt.

“In Lucas Torreira we have signed a young player who is a very bright talent in the game. A midfielder with great quality,” Unai Emery said.

Torreira will join on a five-year deal in August after a post-World Cup break.

His move is still subject to “regulatory processes” but he is set to become Emery’s fourth signing since succeeding Arsene Wenger as manager.

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“He is a young player already with good experience, but who wants to keep on growing,” added Emery.

Former Valencia and Paris St-Germain boss Emery has also brought in goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, defender Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus and defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund.

France under-20 international Matteo Guendouzi, 19, is also undergoing a medical with the club and is expected to sign from Lorient.

Torreira, who plays as a defensive midfielder, broke into Italian club Pescara’s first team in 2014-15 and then played for the club on loan after signing for Sampdoria in July of 2015.

He eventually made his Serie A debut for Sampdoria in August 2016 and made 71 appearances across two seasons.

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