Arsenal Land Torreira in £26.5m Deal

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Arsenal continued their summer spending by landing midfield terrier Lucas Torreira, according to the club’s official website.

The 22-year-old Uruguay international played a key role in his country’s run to the World Cup quarter-finals in Russia this summer and jetted straight from the training camp to London to finalise the move.

The north London club has been on his trail since early May, agreeing on terms with Sampdoria and the player before the finals. Hopes a deal might be sealed before the finals floundered as it proved impossible to arrange a medical while Torreira was with Uruguay.

Instead, the formalities were completed yesterday with photos and interviews taking place today. It’s been announced he will wear the number 11 shirt for the Gunners next season with Mesut Özil taking the number 10 shirt vacated by Jack Wilshere.

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero signalled the deal was completed recently when he commented on Italian television that his club would soon enjoy a windfall of €30m.

Torreira is expected to join up with the Arsenal squad in early August following a mandatory break following his World Cup exertions.

Reports in the media claimed that bar any unforeseen sales, Torreira’s arrival signalled the end of Arsenal’s summer signings with only departures from the first-team squad remaining.