Lucas Torreira; Arsenal in talks to sign Uruguay midfielder from Sampdoria

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The Uruguayan has impressed during his stay in Italy, so much so that he has sparked considerable interest from the Gunners.

Arsenal are on the lookout for a number of new signings this summer as Emery looks to build a squad capable of breaking back into the top four next season. Today, Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Lucas Torreira....

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Torreira has a £21.9 million release clause in his contract, but Arsenal made a decision to add the extra money to beat Napoli to the the 22-year-old's signature. If they secure the reported £16m deal for Sokratis, it would leave new boss Unai Emery just over £7m to play with.

The only stumbling block in the plan is that Sampdoria may be tricky customers to bargain with given their club president's previous comments surrounding Torreira's future.

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He said: "Torreira has a €25m release clause, everyone knows that".

The Uruguay worldwide has a €25m (£22m) release clause in his deal with the Serie A club and while the transfer fee is not likely to become a sticking point, the Gunners still need to reach an agreement with the player's representatives.

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Sampdoria sporting director Carlo Osti has warned interested parties they will not consider offers worth less than Torreira's release clause.

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