Arsenal remain in talks with Sampdoria over the proposed £22million transfer of Lucas Torreira.
The 22-year-old Uruguay international has emerged as a preferred option for Unai Emery who wants a defensive midfielder brought in as part of his summer recruitment plan.
Torreira has a buy out clause but it’s understood Arsenal may need to pay in instalments as they look to make the most of their relatively limited budget this window.
Arsenal remain in talks with Sampdoria over a possible £22million move for Lucas Torreira
Massimo Ferrero, the Sampdoria president said: ‘Lucas Torreira has a release clause. Everyone knows it. Whoever wants to take Torreira will have to work with that release clause; €25m.’
Arsenal have signed Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free and have agreed a deal worth around £16m with Borussia Dortmund for Sokratis Papastathopoulos which is expected to be confirmed next month.
They also have an interest in Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins and have discussed a potential bid for Caglar Soyuncu at Freiburg.
Torreira (right) is currently on international duty at the World Cup with Uruguay in Russia