North London giants Arsenal have completed the signing of midfielder Lucas Torreira from Italian Serie A club Sampdoria.
The 22-year-old has signed a long-term deal with the Gunners after the two clubs agreed a deal reportedly worth £26m thus making him Arsenal’s 4th major signing.
The Premier League club had signed the trio of Swiss right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, German goalkeeper Bernd Leno and Greek defender Sokratis Papasthathopoulos earlier this summer.
While confirming the transfer, the club also revealed that the Uruguay international would wear the no.11 jersey for the new season.
He was part of the Uruguay team that were eliminated in the quarterfinals (2-0 loss to France) at the ongoing FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia and featured in all their five matches.
Lucas Torreira joined Sampdoria from fellow Italian side Pescara in 2015 before returning to the latter on a season-long loan immediately.
He returned to Sampdoria in 2016 and went on to make 71 appearances for the club in two seasons before his move to London.
On his latest acquisition, Arsenal head coach Unai Emery told the club’s website that: “In Lucas Torreira, we have signed a young player who is a very bright talent in the game. A midfielder with great quality, I have enjoyed watching his performances for Sampdoria in the past two seasons, and we all saw him do very well for Uruguay in the World Cup. He is a young player already with good experience, but who wants to keep on growing. We welcome Lucas to Arsenal and look forward to him joining us soon for pre-season.”
Torreira added: “I feel very happy. I want to make the most of this opportunity life has given me. I am really looking forward to starting this new adventure.”