Arsenal have made their 4th signing this summer under after closing a £26.5 million deal for Sampdoria’s Uruguayan defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira. The 22-year old completed his medical at Arsenal’s London Colney training base on Tuesday before the club announced the deal for an undisclosed fee. Torreira, who played in all 5 of Uruguay‘s games at the World Cup, will be given a break before joining up with the rest of his new team-mates in early August.

Unai Emery is planning to instill a high pressing style at his new club, and the snappy, ball-hawking, ankle-biting defensive midfielder Torreira would be a perfect fit alongside Granit Xhaka, who recently signed a new contract. Torreira will allow the Swiss international to fire on all cylinders on his preferred position. He is quick across the ground, sharp in the tackle (2.8 tackles/match) reads the game excellently, boasting very good interception statistics (2.0 interceptions/match) in the Serie A last season while Granit Xhaka averaged 1.0 interceptions/match in the Premier League.

Unai Emery said: “In Lucas Torreira, we have signed a young player who is a very bright talent in the game. A midfielder with great quality, I have enjoyed watching his performances for Sampdoria in the past two seasons, and we all saw him do very well for Uruguay in the World Cup. He is a young player already with good experience, but who wants to keep on growing. We welcome Lucas to Arsenal and look forward to him joining us soon for pre-season.”

Beginning his youth career in Uruguay with I.A 18 Julio and then Montevideo Wanderers, Torreira moved to Italy in 2013 where he joined Pescara. He made his debut there as a 19-year-old in May 2015. He broke into Italian club Pescara’s first team in 2014-15 and then played for the club on loan after signing for Sampdoria in July of 2015. He eventually made his Serie A debut for Sampdoria in August 2016 and made 71 appearances across two seasons.

Torreira will wear the No. 11 shirt that Mesut Ozil wore until this summer, with the German alternatively set to be wearing the No. 10 shirt vacated by Jack Wilshere, now at West Ham.

Emery has already embraced German goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund and Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner to the Emirates.

France under-20 international Matteo Guendouzi is also undergoing a medical with the club and is expected to sign from Lorient. This, unlike his 4 other signings, will be one for the future.

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