Sampdoria and Arsenal have reached agreement for the transfer of the 22-year-old midfielder Lucas Torreira. The Gunners will pay slightly more than the €25M release clause, the reported fee is €30M, but in this way they will be able to dilute the payment in multiple installments. Long coveted in particular by Napoli, he has signed a five-year contract. It is a record sale for the Blucerchiati.
The playmaker leaves Serie A after 74 appearances in two years. He was brought in Italy by Pescara from Montevideo Wanderers in February of 2013. After a year and a half in the U-19 team, he debuted in Serie B in May of 2015. The Blucerchiati were quick to act and acquired him that summer for cheap, even though he had featured in just five games. He remained on loan at the Delfino the following season, where he asserted himself as one of the top young prospects in that role and scored five times.
He permanently joined Sampdoria in the summer of 2016 and immediately became a mainstay under Marco Giampaolo. Extremely durable, he barely missed any matches in the last two seasons. He showed off his shooting skills in 2017/2018, where he racked up four scores, including some belters.
He was a no.10 earlier in his career, an aspect that gives him above average technique, then he was moved back and developed into a superb deep-lying playmaker. Despite his size, his contribution is massive in both phases and on his day, he is everywhere. A skilled passer with high IQ, he ranked second in recovered balls last year, behind only Milan Skriniar, 13th in ground covered, 3rd in fouls suffered.
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