Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira from Serie A side Sampdoria for a fee believed to be around £25 million. The midfielder becomes the first ever Uruguayan to play for the Gunners.
It is believed the North London club made a verbal agreement with both the club and player prior to the World Cup. Torreira played his first game for his country earlier in the year and was one of Uruguay’s better players in the World Cup playing well against the likes of Russia and Portugal.
The midfielder started off his senior career as a product of Pescara’s Academy before switching to Sampdoria in 2015 where he would go on to play a vital role for the club.
In addition, it has also been revealed that the 22-year-old will wear the number 11 shirt at the club. Some of the former players to wear the number include Mesut Ozil, Robin van Persie, and Sylvian Wiltord.
Lucas Torreira – Facts and Statistics
- Age: 22 (Born – 11th February 1996)
- Height: 5ft 6in
- Clubs: Arsenal (2018 – Present), Sampdoria (2015 – 2018), Pescara (2013 – 2015)
- Lucas Torreira becomes the first Uruguayan to play for the club.
- Lucas Torreira has made more combined tackles and interceptions (356) than any other player since the start of the 2016/17 season.