Arsenal sign Uruguay star Lucas Torreira
Arsenal confirmed the signing of the 22-year-old midfielder Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria on a long-term contract
Uruguayan international, who impressed at this summer’s World Cup in Russia and featured in all of his country’s matches, joins from the Serie A for a fee believed to be in the region of £25m.
He joins right-back Stefan Lichtsteiner, goalkeeper Bernd Leno and central defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos as arrivals at the Emirates this summer as new manager Unai Emery reshapes his first-team squad.
Torreira figures to replace Jack Wilshere who chose not to re-sign with his boyhood club after his contract expired, and instead joined West Ham on Monday.
"I feel calm," Torreira "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.
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"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."
He has been handed the number 11 shirt for the 2018/19 campaign and will join up with the squad in early August.
“In Lucas Torreira, we have signed a young player who is a very bright talent in the game,” boss Emery added. “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.”