Arsenal close in on a new midfield player, as we round-up the latest transfer rumours on Thursday, July 5.
Arsenal fans can relax now, the transfer of Lucas Torreira has more or less been confirmed. The 22-year-old defensive midfielder shone during Uruguay's World Cup campaign, helping his nation to the quarter-finals before their exit against France on Friday afternoon.
Arsenal are closing in on the double signing of Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira and France Under-20 global Matteo Guendouzi, Press Association Sport understands.
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Torreira was waiting for the World Cup to conclude, but with Uruguay now out he is free to make his move to London.
Emery is also keen on Sevilla's Steven Nzonzi while goalkeeper Hugo Keto, 20, has joined Brighton after his Arsenal contract expired.
Lucas Torreira's father told Fox Sports Argentina.
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The Gunners did offer the player to undergo a medical in Russian Federation, but the player rejected as he wanted to commit wholly on national duty.
The Lucas Torreira deal was awaiting confirmation from David Ornstein and it's great to see that it has finally come. "We are satisfied with what they offered us, but let's wait a little longer until the World Cup ends".
Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Unai Emery is prepared to offload first-team stars to be able to lure out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes to the Emirates this summer, says the Independent.
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Arsenal have already welcomed Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papastathopoulos to the club this summer.