Lucas Torreira
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English Premier League giants Arsenal have signed Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira from Italy’s Sampdoria.

The 22-year-old is fresh from representing Uruguay at the Russia World Cup where they bowed out at the quarterfinals level.

Lucas was a core part of the of the Oscar Tabarez’s side and played all the five matches.

The Gunners boss Unai Emery hailed Lucas as a midfielder with “great quality” and “bright talent” while welcoming him to the North London club.

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“In Lucas Torreira, we have signed a young player who is a very bright talent in the game.

A midfielder with great quality, I have enjoyed watching his performances for Sampdoria in the past two seasons, and we all saw him do very well for Uruguay in the World Cup.

He is a young player already with good experience, but who wants to keep on growing. We welcome Lucas to Arsenal and look forward to him joining us soon for pre-season,” the Frenchman said.

Starting his youth career in Uruguay with I.A 18 Julio and then Montevideo Wanderers, Lucas moved to Italy in 2013 where he joined Pescara. He made his debut there as a 19-year-old in May 2015.

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In July 2015, Lucas signed for Sampdoria, but remained at Pescara for the 2015/16 season to gain further first-team experience, making 29 appearances during the campaign.

He returned to Sampdoria before the 2016/17 season and during his time with ‘La Samp’ made 71 appearances, becoming a first-team regular and an integral part of the side.

Lucas, who will wear the number 11 shirt, has been at the club for a medical and will now have a post-World Cup break and join up with the squad in early August.

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