Arsenal Reportedly Locked in Lucas Torreira Talks Amid Release Clause Rumours

Alfred Duncan of US Sassuolo competes for the ball whit Lucas Torreira of UC Sampdoria during the serie A match between US Sassuolo and UC Sampdoria at Mapei Stadium- Citta del Tricolore

Alfred Duncan of US Sassuolo competes for the ball whit Lucas Torreira of UC Sampdoria during the serie A match between US Sassuolo and UC Sampdoria at Mapei Stadium- Citta del Tricolore

Gunners boss Unai Emery wants Torreira at the Emirates Stadium and Arsenal are likely to be able to offer the player a more lucrative package than Napoli.

The 22-year-old Uruguay global, has emerged as a preferred option for new Gunners boss Unai Emery, who wants a defensive midfielder brought in before next season.

The Sampdoria ace has a €25m (£22m) release clause, however, it's understood the Serie A club have asked Arsenal to pay €30m and spread the cost over several years.

Sampdoria sporting director Carlo Osti recently spoke to Rai Sport (h/t Football Italia), confirming Torreira's clause and appearing adamant the club receive that fee: "Torreira has a €25 million (£22 million) release clause, everyone knows that".

According to the same story, the clause now stands at €25m and Arsenal would have to meet that figure to force Sampdoria to sell the midfielder.

Arsenal have until now confirmed the Bosman signing of Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus whilst a £16m deal for Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund is close to completion.

Torreira is now with Uruguay's squad preparing for their World Cup opener against Egypt on Friday.

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