Sport Midfielder turns down two Champions League sides to join Arsenal

13:35  12 july  2018
13:35  12 july  2018 Source:   readsport.co

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Lucas Torreira’s agent has confirmed that the player turned down offers from Borussia Dortmund and Napoli in order to join Arsenal.

Speaking to Sampdoria News, Pablo Betancourt confirmed that the new Arsenal midfielder was a man in-demand this summer.

Whilst they remain unnamed, Betancourt revealed there was also some interest from clubs in La Liga.

“Lucas was also requested by Borussia Dortmund, Naples and some Spanish teams, but there was a word agreement with Arsenal, everything was closed even at the club level. I am convinced that Arsenal is currently the ideal team to continue the path of growth.”

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Torreira impressed last season at Sampdoria, catching the eye of several teams in and around Europe.

The diminutive midfielder would also go on to impress during the World Cup in Russia, but Arsenal won the race to sign the player.

Both Dortmund and Napoli would have been able to offer the player Champions League football, something Arsenal are unable to do, but he has chosen the Premier League.

Torreira is set to be a key figure in Unai Emery’s side next season, with the Gunners boasting a new-look squad under the former Paris Saint-Germain boss.

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Emery plays down claims French international is set for Arsenal move .
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has played down suggestions that Steven N’Zonzi is set to join the club this summer. Speaking to reporters, as published on the Mirror, Emery was coy when quizzed about a possible move for N’Zonzi. “I know him but we haven’t made a move for him.” The Sevilla midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates and has reportedly handed in a transfer request in Spain. N’Zonzi is a player that he knows well from his time managing Sevilla. After impressing following his move from Stoke, N’Zonzi has often been linked with moves away from the La Liga outfit, but no deal has ever materialised. Juventus have been linked with the player in the past, but the arrival of Emre Can in Turin means the Old Lady are unlikely to make a move this summer. Emery has been busy in the transfer market following his arrival. Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi have all joined the club this summer.

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