According to reports in Italy today, both Arsenal and Everton are keen on the idea of bringing Sampdoria star Lucas Torreira to the Premier League this summer.
Torreira, a 22-year-old defensive midfielder, emerged as one of the breakout stars in Serie A this past season, with the South American’s combination of tenacity, passing range and eye for goal having proven crucial to the fortunes of Marco Giampaolo’s men.
Torreira started 36 of Samp’s 38 league outings, racking up 4 goals and an assist in the process.
Unsurprisingly, the performances of the Uruguayan international, who received a call-up to Óscar Tabárez’s squad for this summer’s World Cup, have seen Torreira already linked with a whole host of top clubs, with both Juventus and Napoli having previously been viewed as the most-likely possible destinations for the midfielder.
But, with Juve having seemingly cooled their interest in the former Pescara man, and Napoli reportedly switching their attentions to Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele following Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment at the Stadio San Paolo, the race for Torreira now looks wide open.
And, as per reports from Calciomercato and Tuttomercatoweb respectively, both Everton and Arsenal have now entered the fray for the Blucerchiati mainstay, with Torreira’s reasonable 25 million Euro release clause piquing interest in England.
Arsenal are viewed as being in front of the Toffees, though, with Tuttomercatoweb reporting that the Gunners have in fact already opened negotiations with Sampdoria over their midfield dynamo, and hope to close a deal over the coming weeks.
The interest on the part of Unai Emery’s men in Torreira makes sense, with the North Londoners known to be on the lookout for midfield reinforcements, and having missed on Monaco star Fabinho to Liverpool last night.