Lucas Torreira Agrees Personal Terms With Arsenal

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Arsenal have been handed a boost in their reported pursuit of CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin this summer, according to reports in Italy.

The Uruguayan midfielder is available for around £22m thanks to a release clause inserted into his contract, but in an attempt to spread the cost of the deal, Arsenal have negotiated a higher fee with the Serie A side. The Uruguay worldwide has a €25m (£22m) release clause in his deal with the Serie A club and while the transfer fee is not likely to become a sticking point, the Gunners still need to reach an agreement with the player's representatives.

Sampdoria sporting director Carlo Osti has warned interested parties they will not consider offers worth less than Torreira's release clause.

"Everyone knows it. Whoever wants to take Torreira will have to work with that release clause; €25m".

Since replacing Arsene Wenger as manager, Unai Emery has already bolstered the defence with the free transfer of Stephan Lichsteiner and a £16 million deal for Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos but adding physical presence in midfield is another priority.

He has become a key player at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris and is ranked among the best defensive midfielders in Serie A. He has one Uruguay cap and was included in Óscar Tabárez's World Cup squad for the tournament in Russian Federation this summer.

Torreira joined Sampdoria from Pescara in 2015 and has made 74 appearances in all competitions.