Arsenal have officially confirmed the signing of Uruguay international Lucas Torreira in a £25million deal from Sampdoria.
An agreement for the 22-year-old who has just returned from representing his country at the World Cup in Russia, where he featured in all five matches as they progressed to the quarter-finals was reached during the World Cup but the deal could not be pushed through until his side had been knocked out of the competition.
The Gunners in an official statement on its website said: "Uruguay international midfielder Lucas Torreira is joining us from Sampdoria."
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.
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.