Arsenal 'in for Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira'

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Torreira has been linked with moves to Napoli and Liverpool, but it appears that Arsenal are closing on a deal to take him to the Emirates.

Arsenal are in talks with Sampdoria over the proposed £22million transfer of Lucas Torreira.

Torreira - who is now with the Uruguay squad preparing for the World Cup - is reportedly Emery's first-choice midfield target.

Arsenal are believed to be locked in negotiations with Sampdoria, and Gianluca Di Marzio provided a fresh update today.

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According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Emery has been left impressed with Torreira's performances in Serie A, with the 22-year-old spending the last four years in Italian football.

Sampdoria sporting director Carlo Osti told Italian broadcaster Rai Sport earlier this week: "Torreira has a €25m (£22m) release clause, everyone knows that".

According to Football Italia, Gli Azzurri had agreed to pay the €25 million release clause for the Uruguayan worldwide and were in advanced stages of contract negotiations, when Arsenal made a competing bid. Until now, Torreira has made just three substitute appearances for the national team but Unai Emery's are wary that the midfielder's valuation may rise next month with a strong World Cup showing.