Arsenal close to finalising Lucas Torreira deal

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

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

The 22-year-old is set to complete his move to the Gunners next week after Uruguay were knocked out of the World Cup by France.

The publication says once Torreira seals his move he will then fly back to Montevideo in Uruguay to take a few days off before returning to London to begin his pre-season preparations with his new Arsenal team mates.

Arsenal have long needed some steel in the centre of the park, and Torreira's ability to regain and retain possession under pressure should give them that.

Steven N'Zonzi's move to Arsenal may now be in doubt as Premier League suitors queue up to sign the Frenchman.

The Gunners have been dealt with a massive blow in terms of signing Sevilla star Ever Banega.

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Interestingly, after quitting the English topflight in 2015 for £7million in the summer of 2015, N'Zonzi ejoyed a lift in his career as he is presently with the French national team preparing for the semifinal clash with Belgium at the ongoing World Cup in Russian Federation.

The Arsenal players not involved at the World Cup reported for pre-season training last week.

While Torreira will be Arsenal's fourth signing of this summer window, he might very quickly be followed by a fifth.

Ouest-France claim the youngster will pen a four-year deal at the Emirates following his medical.

The performances of defender Nacho Monreal were one of the few positives for Arsenal last season, but the Spanish full-back has become a target for La Liga side Real Sociedad and could quit the Gunners according to the Daily Express.

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