Unai Emery sets his sights on Sampdoria playmaker Lucas Torreira

Arsenal have reportedly started talks over £22 million rated midfielder Lucas Torreira as Unai Emery prepares for life without England International Jack Wilshere, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Torreira, 22-years-old, who is currently gearing up for his first World Cup with Uruguay, has had an impressive season in Serie A, making 36 league appearances, whilst scoring in a memorable win for the Blucerchiati in a 3-2 victory over league champions Juventus back in November.

The Uruguayan International plays in a defensive midfielder role as the new Gunners boss seems to prepare for life without Wilshere.

Torreria has a release clause in his contract worth €25 million.

The midfielder only made his debut for Uruguay in a 2-0 win over Czech Republic in the China Cup earlier this year.

New Arsenal boss, Emery, has been linked with a number of players since his arrival at the Emirates, including Borrusia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Sporting Lisbon forward Gelson Martins.

It is rumoured that any deal involving Torreira will be made with instalments as Emery has a limited transfer budget of a reported £50 million.

With the World Cup fast approaching, Torreira will be solely focused on performing well for his country, so a move for Emery may have to wait until after the tournament is over.

Torreira would be the second confirmed signing at the Emirates so far this summer, after former Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner joined on a free recently.

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