Arsenal have completed the landing of Lucas Torreira from Serie A side Sampdoria in a deal worth £26 million, the Gunners have confirmed.
Torreira becomes Spanish manager Unai Emery’s fourth signing of the summer following the north London club’s captures of Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus, Sokratis from Borussia Dortmund and Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.
Bolstering central midfield has been a priority for Unai ever since he replaced Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium, especially after losing Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere, and Torreira emerged as the club’s prime target.
He enjoyed a productive season for Sampdoria, with his displays earning him a place in Uruguay’s team for the World Cup in Russia, where he eventually nailed down a starting place.
Despite agreeing on a sum before the tournament started, the Gunners were keen to allow Lucas to focus exclusively on the World Cup so delayed a medical until his country was eliminated.
After defeat to France in the quarter-finals, Lucas opted not to fly with the rest of squad back to Montevideo and instead jetted directly into London on Monday, passing a medical and penning terms.