Arsenal close in on double signing as Unai Emery continues squad overhaul

Brazil's defender Fagner and Mexico's forward Hirving Lozano vie for the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena

Speaking to Fox Argentina, Ricardo Torreira said his son's move to the Emirates Stadium would go through "if nothing odd happens". With one year left on his current contract, Lorient felt it was the right time to sell, and multiple clubs have been in talks with the player since January, according to RMC.

"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".

Two-time former champions Uruguay will take on 1998 World Cup winners France in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday.

Torreira was one of several players who impressed for Uruguay in Russian Federation this summer as La Celeste reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup before being eliminated by France.

If they progress then a semi-final against Brazil or Belgium awaits on Tuesday.

Uruguayan broadcaster Tenfield claim Torreira will undergo a medical and sign a five-year deal with Arsenal this week.

The north London side have also signed defender Stephan Lichtsteiner and goalkeeper Bernd Leno this summer as Emery prepares for his first campaign in charge at the Emirates after he was appointed as Arsene Wenger's permanent successor.

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero suggested last month the transfer is all but done. We bet and we won, paying just €3m.

It's fair to say Arsenal fans will be happy if Torreira proves to be half the player Kante has been in England.

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