Arsenal have two medicals taking place today as they look to complete the signings of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.
The Uruguayan international travelled from Russia to London over the week after his nation’s participation in the World Cup finished with defeat to France. The deal with Sampdoria has been struck, the Gunners will pay the Italian side around €30m in three installments to secure the services of the 22 year old.
Two medicals taking place at Arsenal today – 22-year-old Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria and 19-year-old France Under-20 midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient. Torreira key signing for immediate term, Guendouzi high-potential prospect for future #AFC #URU #FRA
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) July 9, 2018
He’s expected to become a key part of Unai Emery’s plans for the upcoming season, bringing qualities to our midfield that have been missing for some time.
The surprise move for Guendouzi, a 19 year old central midfielder, came after Arsenal were unable to sign Yacin Adli from PSG. The club have clearly identified a need for a young, promising player in that position, and Guendouzi appears to be that man.
It will likely mean a departure on loan for Joe Willock who needs regular football to continue his development.
We’ll have news and analysis of the signings here and on arseblog.com.