Lucas Torreira, Arsenal FC’s new Uruguayan defensive-midfielder, has revealed how his transfer from Sampdoria to the Gunners materialised.
Torreira had spent his entire professional career in Serie A with Sampdoria and, before that, Pescara before joining Arsenal FC this summer for an undisclosed fee.
He moved to north London after Uruguay’s last-eight exit to France in the summer’s World Cup in Russia, and he revealed how the transfer developed in an interview with Arsenal FC’s official website.
“Well, everything about Arsenal came out before the World Cup,” he told Arsenal Player.
“When I was preparing to go to the World Cup with my country, with Uruguay, I received a call from the boss.
“I had already had a talk with my agent who told me about the idea of Arsenal, and I was very happy because when I was in Italy, I never imagined being able to come to the Premier League.
“There was rumours of many Italian teams, this ended up surprising me honestly, and when I received the call from the boss I was very happy.”
Reports suggest that Torreira’s transfer cost Arsenal FC around £27m, making him their most expensive signing of the summer, and indeed the most expensive signing in new boss Unai Emery’s reign so far.
Despite only making his debut for the Uruguayan national team in March, he played a major part in their successful campaign in Russia this summer.
He has so far appeared four times for the Gunners, all of which have come from the substitute’s bench, but the player can be heartened that the Arsenal FC faithful have been impressed with his performances so far.
Fellow summer signing, Matteo Guendouzi, has established himself in the team ahead of Torreira but with performances from Granit Xhaka ailing, it should not be long before Torreira makes his first start in red.
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