Arsenal sign Uruguay's Torreira for $48m

Arsenal sign Uruguay's Torreira for $48m

"In Lucas Torreira, we have signed a young player who is a very bright talent in the game", Emery told Arsenal's official website.

Torreira was an inspirational member of Oscar Tabarez's Uruguay side that reached the World Cup quarter-finals, and the signing is likely to provide the likes of Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey greater licence to roam forward, freed from the shackles of any defensive duties.

The talented midfielder becomes Emery's fifth major signing of the summer following the arrivals of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira - who completed his move from Sampdoria on Tuesday.

Emery has already promised the Arsenal faithful attacking football and is well known for putting together exciting squads, which is presumably why the club saw him as the outstanding candidate to replace Wenger in the first place.

As reported by The Sportsman yesterday, Torreira was due to have a medical alongside the France Under-20 worldwide Matteo Guendouzi before confirming his move to the Emirates, and the two clubs have made the deal official via social media today.

"I feel calm", Torreira said during first interview with the club's media team.

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Southgate's England take on Croatia in the semi-final in Moscow, having beaten Sweden 2-0 in the last eight in Samara. "We worked hard.

"I want to become part of the club's history and to achieve great things here".

I feel very happy. He is a player who impressed immensely for Uruguay during the World Cup and, hopefully, will bring that same performance level to the Emirates. I want to make the most of this opportunity life has given me. I want to win every game - that's really important to me.

He has been handed the number 11 shirt for the 2018/19 campaign and will join up with the squad in early August.

The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

Indeed, another midfielder, France u20 global Matteo Guendouzi is also set to join the Gunners.

Unai Emery insists new signing Matteo Guendouzi will fight for a first team place this season.

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