Lucas Torreira to Arsenal, Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria to Arsenal

Di Marzio: Arsenal set to sign 22 year old Sampdoria Combative midfielder and Why he is a better option than Jack Wilshere

Reports making rounds today around the Emirates state The Gunners have agreed a deal with Sampdoria to bring Uruguain Combative Midfielder Lucas Torreira to the Emirates.

A fee of £22 million pounds is said to have been agreed with the club for the 22 year old player, who has already been replaced by the capture of Lokomotiv Zagreb midfielder Lovro Majer. He will become Unai Emery’s 3rd signing since taking over from Arsene Wenger at the end of the 2017/18 season. Despite the delay in official announcement of his second signing Sokratis Papastathopolous from Borrusia Dortmund, it is presumed to be a foregone conclusion. Furthermore, contact with PSG 🇫🇷 over the signing of Yacine Adli, shows the area of concern for the new Boss and his determination to hit the ground running. Lucas Torreira is the kind of player that would fit perfectly into a side that plays attacking football with high pressing. His skill set which includes hounding and dispossessing opponents, penchant for getting out of tight spots with relative ease and awareness in the final third, makes him an ideal candidate for this group of Gunners. Many have likened Lucas Torreira to premier league’s own Ngolo Kante, however Arsenal fans who have watched him play, believe he is more of a Santi Carzola and Francis Coquelin hybrid. If the latter holds true, then the Gunners may certainly be on the cusp of signing a rare gem for a paltry sum, who will definitely be a great addition to the side. As exciting as that is, it is prudent to ask “what will Lucas Torreira give? “. For starters, Lucas Torreira is primarily a defensive midfielder which dovetails to losing one or more midfielders already in the squad to accommodate him.
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With the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere yet to put pen to paper, it is highly likely that one of them or even both may be let go by the club. Despite Granit Xhaka and Mohammed Elneny belonging in the same group of players competing for that position in the first team, their contract status makes them unlikely candidates to be axed. Considering Unai Emery has categorically stated that Aaron Ramsey is crucial to his plans, alongside Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, it is logical to narrow the choice down to Jack Wilshere. Truth be told, I believe it is a brilliant idea to let Jack Wilshere go, inspite of the love I have for the player. However, Lucas Torreira seems too good a deal to pass up for the sake of sentiment. Currently preparing with the Urguayan for the world cup, one can only hope that he has a good tournament and signs on before the start of the 2018/19 new season.  
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