Arsenal FC Transfer Talk: Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos

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The Guardian say that the Gunners had officials in Milan yesterday to discuss personal terms with the midfielder's representatives having reached an agreement with Sampdoria.

The 22-year-old did have a £21.9m (€25m) release clause in his contract, which has another four years to run, but Arsenal offered the extra €5m to beat off competition from Napoli.

Strengthening the Arsenal midfield has been a top priority for Emery since he arrived at the club, and defensive midfielder Torreira is seen as a great way of doing just that.

Paris Saint-Germain youngster Yacine Adli is expected to turn down Arsenal after being persuaded by PSG sporting director Antero Henrique to sign a new contract, Goal understands, though talks between the Emirates side and Sampdoria's Lucas Torreira are ongoing.

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Arsenal have seen two well known players leave the Emirates this summer, injury riddled midfielder Santi Cazorla, who served admirably with the team for six seasons and the retiring German worldwide Per Mertesacker.

Arsenal are thought to have offered the Uruguay worldwide, who is now out in Russian Federation ahead of the World Cup which gets underway tomorrow, a five-year contract at the Emirates Stadium.

Sokratis will become the second defender signed by Arsenal so far this summer after right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner joined from Juventus on a free transfer.

Arsenal are reportedly in advanced negotiations with Bayer Leverkusen over the signing of goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

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