HAPPENING NOW: Lucas Torreira flying to London for Arsenal medical

07 August, 2018, 10:18 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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The Gunners did offer the player to undergo a medical in Russian Federation, but the player rejected as he wanted to commit wholly on national duty.

Lucas Torreira's father told Fox Sports Argentina.

Torreira has a £22.1m (€25m) release clause in his Sampdoria contract but Arsenal have chose to pay a premium so they can spread out the payments.

Unai Emery's overhaul of the Arsenal squad looks to have picked up pace as the highly-rated French youth worldwide Matteo Guendouzi is close to joining the club from Lorient in a £7M deal.

Now though, the player's father has confirmed that the Gunners are indeed on the brink of being able to conclude a deal to sign Torreira this summer.

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A deal for defensive midfielder Torreira - who is 5ft 6in and has been capped eight times by Uruguay - was agreed before the World Cup, where he helped his country reach the quarter-finals, where they were beaten 2-0 by France.

Torreira will become new manager Unai Emery's fourth signing of the summer following the arrivals of goalkeeper Bernd Leno, centre-half Sokratis Papastathopoulos and experienced right-back Stephan Lichsteiner.

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero suggested last month the transfer is all but done. I bought him from Pescara when no one believed in him.

"La Samp doesn't sell players unless there are excellent offers", Ferrero said. "We placed a bet and we won, paying just €3m".

Arsenal's non-World Cup stars returned for pre-season training earlier this week ahead of their opening pre-season friendly at Boreham Wood on July 14.

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