Lucas Torreira: Arsenal in talks to sign Uruguay midfielder from Sampdoria

Lucas Torreira: Arsenal in talks to sign Uruguay midfielder from Sampdoria

Lucas Torreira: Arsenal in talks to sign Uruguay midfielder from Sampdoria

The Gunners have moved quickly to agree personal terms with the midfielder's agent, while seeing off interest from Napoli to reach an agreement with Sampdoria.

Reports in Italy have suggested Arsenal want to negotiate a deal in which they pay slightly more than the release clause but in instalments over several years. The Uruguay worldwide has a €25m (£22m) release clause in his deal with the Serie A club and while the transfer fee is not likely to become a sticking point, the Gunners still need to reach an agreement with the player's representatives.

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The 17-year-old had initially agreed to join the Gunners upon the expiration of his contract at the Parc des Princes, with new Gunners head coach Unai Emery playing a significant part in persuading Adli to join the club.

Arsenal are keen to quickly conclude their £26.4 million (€30m) deal to sign Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira and are willing to conduct the midfielder's medical in Russian Federation, according to reports in Italy.

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