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Arsenal are set to sign Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira in a deal worth around £25million, according to the Express.
Jack Wilshere has confirmed he will be leaving on a free transfer this summer and Unai Emery is reportedly keen on strengthening the midfield and have identified the Uruguay international.
Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero claimed earlier this week that a €30 million (£26m/$35m) deal is done for Torreira, who has featured twice for his country in the tournament, both times off the bench.
“Sampdoria do not sell unless there are excellent offers,” Ferrero said. “We do not look for buyers. We have natural talents whose values increase exponentially.
“Generally, we do not make changes. Sampdoria is a stepping stone. It’s a family-run club and that allows players to grow up. It’s normal they have aspirations to play for big clubs, but I do not need to sell out.
“Torreira has left for €30million. I bought him from Pescara when no one believed. We bet and we won, paying just €3million. The money that comes in, is used to keep the club going.”
It was reported that Arsenal’s medical staff were travelling to Russia in order to complete his medical; Arsenal want to get the deal done as soon as possible.
The 22-year-old is widely tipped to become Unai Emery’s third signing at Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners already bringing in Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bernd Leno, but any move is unlikely until after Torreira’s involvement in Russia.