Arsenal and Unai Emery have a big plan if they sign Lucas Torreira - and it will please fans

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Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Sampdoria's Lucas Torreira.

News broke late Tuesday evening from the Guardian that the Gunners had agreed a £26.4m fee with the Serie A club and were discussing personal terms with the Uruguayan's representatives in Milan.

They say the Gunners even offered €5m more than the competition to get the deal done, but there may still be a few things to iron out.

While a number of other media outlets reported the agreement - including from Uruguay's World Cup camp - trusted Arsenal source David Ornstein from the BBC did his best to dampen spirits.

He certainly didn't say a deal would not be completed, but that an agreement had not been reached with Torreira just yet.

Nevertheless, he does state that he is the Gunners' priority and fits perfectly into their summer plans financially.

But it was one other part of his announcement that will please Arsenal fans further, because the journalist confirmed that the north London side are after a new goalkeeper this summer.


Fans probably never thought they'd hear those words from their most trusted source, particularly after Petr Cech was handed the number one jersey following Unai Emery's appointment.

The chase for a new shot-stopper surely spells the end for David Ospina and despite the Gunners' strict budget, it appears they may be close to a new keeper already; Bayer Leverkusen's Bernd Leno.

Ornstein also confirms that the Gunners will strengthen their defence with the signing of Sokratis from Borussia Dortmund, which will be announced in July.

A new defender, defensive midfielder and goalkeeper? The Arsene Wenger era is well and truly over.

UC Sampdoria v Torino FC - Serie A

Torreira - should he arrive - is seen as one of the finest midfield prospects in Europe, enjoying a stunning campaign in Italy.

The two players that spring to mind when you see him both physically and skill wise are Marco Verratti and N'Golo Kante.

We've embedded a video below showing some of his best moments from 2017/18


What Arsenal have planned if they sign Lucas Torreira will certainly please fans [BBC]

Exactly the man Arsenal need alongside Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey.

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