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00:40  12 july  2018
00:40  12 july  2018 Source:   goal.com

Lucas Torreira to undergo Arsenal medical after the World Cup

  Lucas Torreira to undergo Arsenal medical after the World Cup The father of Arsenal target Lucas Torreira has revealed that his son will undergo a medical with Premier League side Arsenal after the world cup, according to a report on Football Italia. The Sampdoria midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to the Gunners and is set to join the London club for around €30 million. The central midfielder has been in good form for Uruguay during the World Cup, helping them reach the quarter-final of the tournament by beating Portugal. When speaking about his son’s situation, Torreira’s father said: “I want the best for my son and I also know that Arsenal showed a lot of interest in him.” “It’s not done, neither is it official because he hasn’t signed anything, but there’s a great chance that Lucas’ future will be in England.” “There was no problem in the negotiations, and the latest is that as soon as the World Cup ends, he’ll go to London for a medical.” New Arsenal boss Unai Emery is a huge admirer of Torreira and believes he will add tenacity to the Gunners’ midfield, an area of the squad that has been heavily criticised in recent seasons.

The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder serves as inspiration to the new Arsenal signing.

Ever since he burst on to the scene, Lucas Torreira has been compared to Marco Verratti - and our new midfielder is a big fan of the PSG midfielder. The 22-year-old spoke to Arsenal Media about similarities, and also his ambitions for the future.

Lucas Torreira in action for Uruguay © Provided by Goal Lucas Torreira in action for Uruguay

Arsenal new boy Lucas Torreira has revealed that he is a fan of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti.

Torreira completed his £26 million (€30m/$34m) move from Sampdoria to Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, after featuring heavily in Uruguay's run to the World Cup quarter-finals.

Torreira began his career in his native Uruguay before joining Pescara's youth system in 2013 and has earned comparisons to the Italy international.

The equally diminutive Verratti also came through the Pescara academy, having been born in the city, before his move in 2012 to PSG.

Lucas Torreira refuses to do Arsenal medical in Russia

  Lucas Torreira refuses to do Arsenal medical in Russia Despite Lucas Torreira looking set to join Arsenal, he has reportedly turned down the chance to complete a medical in Russia. The player’s father Ricardo Torreira told Fox Sports Argentina that nothing will happen until after the World Cup. “It is as good as a fact that Lucas will join Arsenal. There are many clubs who contacted us but we have given our word to Arsenal and are very satisfied with what they offered.” “The deal is virtually done and only the arrival of Lucas is remaining. Arsenal offered to do the medical examinations in Russia but we decided against it because we felt it’s inconvenient, it is not the right time.” Arsenal are expected to complete a deal to sign the player from Sampdoria and wanted to speed up the process by carrying out a medical in Russia, something that is very common during international tournaments. However, Torreira wants to remain focused on Uruguay’s progression in the tournament before thinking about his next move. Uruguay are in action this afternoon against France for a place in the semi-finals of the competition. Torreira is expected to undergo a medical in London when his participation in the World Cup is over.

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Speaking to Arsenal media, Torreira said: ''I try to look up to the best players and steal something from all of them.

''It is true that I really like Verratti. I spent two years in his former club Pescara and supporters compared me to him. I went on checking his style and I liked it.''

Torreira featured in all five of Uruguay's World Cup matches and started the last three as Oscar Tabarez's men reached the quarter-finals before losing 2-0 to France.

The combative midfielder reflected on the experience, saying: "I feel very proud of it, it all turned out great for me.

"I wasn't part of the team during the World Cup qualifiers, but eventually I made it to the World Cup. It was marvellous to experience World Cup moments with the Uruguay squad family.

Top Arsenal target makes admission over proposed deal to join the club

  Top Arsenal target makes admission over proposed deal to join the club Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira has admitted that he has been delaying his proposed move to Arsenal until after Uruguay’s campaign in the World Cup, as per a report from the Daily Mail. The Gunners have been keen to land Torreira for some time now and it’s believed that a deal worth around £25m has been agreed with Sampdoria. Torreira enjoyed an involved role in Uruguay’s World Cup campaign, which came to an end on Friday afternoon as France defeated them 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the competition. Following the defeat, Torreira was asked about whether his move to Arsenal had been postponed whilst he competed for his country. “Yes, we could have done things differently, but I did not want to think about other things. The World Cup is important and being part of this squad meant a lot to me. But now I have more time my future will be very clear.” “The important thing is that I’m happy to have been part of this squad and this World Cup, so I thank all the people who accompanied us.” Torreira looks all but set to complete his move to the Emirates in the near future following Uruguay’s exit, with Unai Emery continuing to reconstruct his Arsenal squad. The enigmatic Sampdoria star is not the only midfielder on Arsenal’s wishlist either, with reports indicating that the Gunners have opened talks with Sevilla over a deal to sign Steven N’Zonzi.

What sort of player can Arsenal fans expect? Like Verratti , Torreira is an combative, energetic defensive midfielder who relies on his reading of the game to intercept passes and drive his team forward.

"It has all happened very quickly," Torreira told Arsenal Player. "I left to Italy from Uruguay when I was 17. Ever since he burst on to the scene, Lucas Torreira has been compared to Marco Verratti - and our new midfielder is a big fan of the PSG midfielder.

"I tried to enjoy the World Cup as much as I could."

Gunners supporters followed developments in Torreira's transfer closely and details of which flight the 22-year-old boarded to London were shared on social media before his arrival at Emirates Stadium.

While the Uruguay international was unaware his journey was being documented, he said he was inundated with messages from Arsenal fans who had gotten wind of his move to Unai Emery's side.

When asked about the flight-tracking supporters, the World Cup quarter-finalist told Arsenal's official website: "No, I didn't know about it, but I am here and I will see them all soon.

"For a while I've been receiving loads of messages in my social media accounts. I guess it's all down to the fact there were talks of me moving to Arsenal even before the World Cup started.

"I am used to coping with this kind of thing in the best possible way. It's a very positive thing that people want to welcome me. It makes me feel comfortable. Now I am calm and I look forward to the future, which for sure will be very nice."

Arsenal man reveals pride at joining the Gunners .
New Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira has spoken out about the personal phone call with Unai Emery that convinced him to sign with the club, as well as his pride at being the first Uruguayan ‘Gunner’. Talking to Uruguayan outlet Ovacion, Torreira said: “When he called me, I could not believe it, I was in a hotel with a friend, and I got nervous. It was difficult for me to talk because receiving the call of a coach of such an important team generates many things.” “We talked about several things. He also did not want to fill my head with too much because I knew the World Cup was coming, and that I was focused on that.” Talking about how it feels to be the first Uruguayan to play for Arsenal, Torreira went on to say: “It gives me tremendous pride. When we were signing we talked about that. It’s something great for me, and I really enjoy it because I know what it has cost me to get here. That’s why today life rewards me with this prize.

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