One of the stand-out games in the quarter-finals of the World Cup is the clash between France and Uruguay.
Ahead of that game, former Gunner Robert Pires spoke to Uruguayan media about the qualities of both sides, and in doing so talked up midfield transfer target Lucas Torreira.
By all accounts we’re just waiting for his tournament to be over before he officially signs from Sampdoria for a fee of around €30m, and when asked if there was anything about France’s opponents that caught his eye, he mentioned the 22 year old.
“I like Torreira a lot,” he said. “I was surprised by his performance. He plays it simple and is always well positioned on the pitch.”
This was in reference to his display in the previous game, when Uruguay beat Portugal 2-1, and he was an energetic, dynamic presence in midfield.
As ever we have to wait until the move becomes 100% official, but he certainly appears to have qualities that this team has been missing for some time now.
The exact make-up of our midfield next season remains a bit unclear as there remain question marks over Aaron Ramsey’s contractual situation which may press the club into a sale.