by Tony Attwood
“According to the press” (that most wonderful phrase that makes one think, “what self-serving rubbish will come forth now?”) Arsenal have agreed to buy Lucas Torreira (age 22, and of Uruguayan nationality) from Sampdoria for £26.4m (akin to 30m euros). Allegedy terms are now being discussed with the agent in Milan.
“According to the press” (that most etc etc) “Arsenal hold talks with Uruguay and Sampdoria holding midfielder Lucas Torreira”.
And according to the press,
Torreira has a “£21.9m (€25m) release clause in his contract, which has another four years to run”. However Arsenal, anxious to get a deal, or being so stupid they paid more than they had to (depending on your starting point) have agreed to pay the club €5m to ensure that he doesn’t go to Naples.
Oh yes and instead of paying the money over four or five years as normal, Arsenal will pay it over three years as Napoli are a bit strapped at the moment. And there’s more – Arsenal are offering a five year contract to the player.
Or, if one reads elsewhere, “the deal will hinge on the structure of the payments, with Arsenal ready to spend in excess of £25 million if the fee is spread over several years.”
So who is this man? He started out as a forward and became a midfielder and according to a member of the press who know about these things is now “ranked among the best defensive midfielders in Serie A”.
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He has one (or two) Uruguay caps according to which paper you read, and is in the current Urug squad. And he is either the second, third or fourth signing by Arsenal, depending on whether we have also bought others who we are said to have bought but have not had confirmed by the club, such as Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Yacine Adli from PSG.
Here are the figures of Torreria…
|2015–2016||Loan back to Pescara||29||4|
Of course anything involving midfield raises questions about Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere. It is being suggested that if Torreira and Sokratis both join Arsenal then that will be the budget gone, unless someone else is sold.
In other news our old chum Freddie Ljungberg is the new head coach of the under 23s.
So where are we with the 25 player list. As can be seen below we have no problem with the home grown section, as always being well represented therein, and of course those classified as under 21 on the nominated date (which is not their birthday) don’t have to be listed.
Here is the list before any signings
|No||Player||Contract end||Last loan||HG|
|26||Joel Campbell||6/30/2018||Real Betis|