The transfer of Uruguay defensive midfielder, Lucas Torreira to Arsenal may not be confirmed as early as expected.
The 22-year-old anchor man was expected to join after the World Cup with a fee of £26.5m agreed by Arsenal and his current club, Sampdoria.
However, it seems that we might have to wait for a little while before the deal is finally sealed; reports suggest that the player is in no rush to complete it.
A section of Arsenal medical staff had been prepared to fly out to Russia to conduct a medical for the player, but the player had rejected the opportunity, stating that he wants to focus on helping Uruguay will their third title; before they were knocked out by France in a 2-0 defeat on Friday after
His father, Ricardo told Fox Sports Argentina (h/t Daily Star), “It is as good as a fact that Lucas will join Arsenal,” “There are many clubs who contacted us but we have given our word to Arsenal and are very satisfied with what they offered. “The deal is virtually done and only the arrival of Lucas is remaining.
“Arsenal offered to do the medical examinations in Russia but we decided against it because we felt it’s inconvenient, it is not the right time.”
Manager Unai Emery has made making the team more solid defensively his major agenda this signing. Arsenal have already signed Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos with Torreira expected to be the fourth arrival of what has been a successful and busy transfer window thus far.
The youngster, who has been compared to the likes of N’Golo Kante and Marco Verratti is a combative player that is a tough tackler, excellent ball winner though he can still improve on his efforts in the areas of passing and impact in the final third.
The 5ft 5in player joined Sampdoria from Pescara in 2016 and has since made 74 appearances, scoring 4 goals.