As Lucas Torreira’s move to Arsenal from Sampdoria edges closer, we’re starting to get more details about what exactly the deal involves.
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 on 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, but 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.
Hopefully soon they can reach the announcement stage so we don’t have to worry about it all falling through.