Lucas Torreira has arrived in Turkey to complete his Galatasaray transfer, with the deal still yet to be officially confirmed.

Dries Mertens and Lucas Torreira arriving in Istanbul (Photo via turkey.postsen.com)
Dries Mertens and Lucas Torreira arriving in Istanbul (Photo via turkey.postsen.com)

On Saturday, Galatasaray confirmed that they’ve “started” negotiations with Lucas Torreira and Arsenal over the player’s transfer.

The reality is that the deal is very much close to completion, but the Super Lig club are clearly playing it safe with their announcements.

Torreira was caught on video arriving at the airport ahead of his transfer, wearing a Galatasaray scarf, so there’s little doubt about the move now.

Arsenal will obviously wait for all the paperwork to go through and the medical to be done before they confirm anything, and for now, they’re staying totally silent on the matter.

Lucas Torreira holding his Player of the Month award for March with Fiorentina (Photo via Torreira on Twitter)
Lucas Torreira holding his Player of the Month award for March with Fiorentina (Photo via Torreira on Twitter)

Fabrizio Romano reported this week that Arsenal are set to receive €6-7m (£5-5.9m) from Galatasaray plus add-ons. That roughly tallies with other reports that the deal was worth £5m plus £2.5m in add-ons.

Torreira had a year left on his Arsenal deal, and despite being called back for pre-season with the Gunners, he left the U.S. tour early to travel to Italy and hadn’t played a game since.

When he left the tour, a return to Serie A seemed like the most likely option, despite Fiorentina’s failure to activate their purchase clause to bring him back after his loan.

But none of the other Italian clubs with a reported interest ever submitted a satisfactory offer. Galatasaray did, and they now look to have landed their man.

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