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Arsenal agree £26.5 million transfer deal for defensive midfielder

Arsenal have had a £26.5 million bid accepted by Sampdoria for defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira, a fee which is more than the player’s release clause.

The Uruguayan midfielder is available for around £22m thanks to a release clause inserted into his contract, but in an attempt to spread the cost of the deal, Arsenal have negotiated a higher fee with the Serie A side.

Massimo Ferrero, the Sampdoria president, recently said: “Lucas Torreira has a release clause.

“Everyone knows it. Whoever wants to take Torreira will have to work with that release clause; €25m.”

It is already looking like it will be a big summer for the Gunners, with Unai Emery having taken on the challenge of replacing Arsene Wenger, who held his post for 22 years, although he had let the squad diminish into a team of average players.

Emery announced during his first press conference that he had already completed a full review of the squad, before he had even met any of his new players, and it looks like he is wasting no time to try and fix its problems.

Arsenal have already 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 soon.

They also have an interest in Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins and have discussed a potential bid for Caglar Soyuncu at Freiburg.

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