Premier League side Arsenal are set to complete the signing of Sampdoria and Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira after both clubs agreed on a fee for the player.
English media outlet The Daily Express is reporting the Gunners board have now agreed on a fee in the region of £20m for Torreira who could complete a midweek medical in Russia while on duty with Uruguay at the World Cup.
If the signing does go ahead then he will become Unai Emery’s second signing of the summer after snapping up Swiss international captain Stefan Lichtsteiner earlier this month.
Arsenal have sent a medical team to Russia to try and tie up the deal as soon as possible. The team of medical staff hope the deal can be concluded before Uruguay’s next game against Saudi Arabia in Group A of the World Cup.
The 22-year-old midfielder came on as a substitute in the final minutes of Uruguay’s 1-0 victory over Egypt in their opening game in Group A.
The talented midfielder is seen as the ideal player Emery wants to rebuild the Gunners into his own mould next season. He is seen as the man to add much-needed steel to the spine of the team.
The Gunners are also on the brink of completing a £20m deal for Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Berd Leno who was earlier linked to Liverpool at the start of last week.
Torreira has been with Sampdoria since 2015 and has made a total of 71 appearances for the club, scoring four goals.
On the international stage, he has made a total of five appearances for Uruguay and he will be hoping to add more caps during the World Cup. At the age of 22, he is seen as the future of Uruguayan football.