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Arsenal complete £26.5m signing of Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira

  • Player’s arrival from Sampdoria delayed after World Cup
  • Torreira will wear Mesut Özil’s number 11 shirt

Arsenal have made their fourth signing this summer under new manager Unai Emery by completing a €30m (£26.5m) deal for Sampdoria’s Uruguayan defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira.

The 22-year-old, who passed a medical at the club’s London Colney training complex on Tuesday, will not, though, be joining up with the Arsenal squad until early August having featured in all five matches of Uruguay’s run to the World Cup quarter-finals.

“In Lucas Torreira, we have signed a young player who is a very bright talent in the game,” Emery told Arsenal’s official website. “A midfielder with great quality, I have enjoyed watching his performances for Sampdoria in the past two seasons, and we all saw him do very well for Uruguay in the World Cup. He is a young player already with good experience, but who wants to keep on growing.”

Torreira will wear the No 11 shirt that Mesut Özil occupied until this summer, with the German instead set to be wearing the No 10 shirt vacated by Jack Wilshere, now at West Ham.

Emery has already welcomed German goalkeeper Bernd Leno, from Bayer Leverkusen, Greek defender Socratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund and Swiss defender Stefan Lichtsteiner to the Emirates.
Arsenal complete £26.5m signing of Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira Reviewed by Akande Boluwatife on July 10, 2018 Rating: 5

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