Lucas Torreira will undergo a medical ‘this week’ ahead of completing a move from Sampdoria to Arsenal.
Just a few days ago it was reported that Arsenal’s medical staff were travelling to Russia in order to complete the procedure. Arsenal want to get the deal done as soon as possible before Torreira has any chance of increasing his market value at the tournament.
Torreira will join Arsenal on a five-year deal worth £2.6m-a-year to the player. Arsenal will pay Sampdoria £26.1m for the 22-year-old, exceeding his buyout clause in order to see off Napoli.
Most people will know by now that Torreira had a release clause of €25m with the Italian club, and a contract for another four years.
Arsenal chose to pay over the clause, agreeing a €30m (£26.4m) deal. One reason for that was to fight off competition from Napoli, and the other was so that they could pay in three €10m instalments.
According to The Guardian, Torreira will sign a five-year contract in North London, after Arsenal representatives travelled to Milan to agree personal terms with the player’s entourage last Tuesday.
In addition, Pescara will receive €1m from the sale, thanks to a sell-on clause in the midfielder’s Sampdoria contract. According to TuttoPescaraCalcio they had a 20% sell-on clause, with a maximum of €1m. It seems they didn’t anticipate the player being sold on for 30 times that amount.
Another Italian outlet, ANSA, claims Torreira will earn €3m a season with Arsenal. It’s worth keeping in mind Italian outlets tend to report earnings after tax though, and that’s probably the case here.
Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano, who has been close to this deal throughout the summer, said that the deal is ‘done’ when asked by an Arsenal fan about the transfer:
is done mate! But I don’t know when will be announced
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 13, 2018