- Arsenal have sealed the signing of Uruguay international Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria
- The 22-year-old becomes the Gunners’ fourth arrival since Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger
- The extent of Torreira’s contract was not disclosed by the Premier League side
Arsenal have sealed the signing of Uruguay international Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria, the Premier League campaigners have revealed.
The 22-year-old becomes the Gunners’ fourth arrival since Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger as head coach in May.
The highly-mobile defensive midfielder set the Emirates side cost Arsenal a reported fee £27m and follows the trio of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papastathopoulos who earlier completed a switch the north London side this summer.
Announcing the deal of Tuesday, Emery hinted he was excited with the arrival of Torreira.
“In Lucas Torreira, we have signed a young player who is a very bright talent in the game,” Emery was quoted as saying on 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. We welcome Lucas to Arsenal and look forward to him joining us soon for pre-season.”
However, the extent of Torreira’s contract was not disclosed by the Premier League side.
But Torreira who played a part in all of Uruguay’s World Cup matches including their quarter-final defeat to France last Friday is eager to get back to the pitch and continue playing.
“I feel calm,” Torreira said during first interview with the club’s media team.
“I am used to coping with this kind of thing in the best possible way. It’s a very positive thing that people want to welcome me. It makes me feel comfortable. Now I am calm and I look forward to the future, which for sure will be very nice.
“I feel very happy. I want to make the most of this opportunity life has given me. I am really looking forward to starting this new adventure.”
Emery will take charge of his first game since replacing Wenger when Arsenal XI face Boreham Wood in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported how Arsenal announced the signing of Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.
The Greece international who has been heavily linked with the Premier League side since new manager Unai Emery took over has finally penned a deal.
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