Arsenal are set to complete the signing of Uruguay’s Lucas Torreira.
Widespread reports in Italy and England say the Gunners have agreed a €30m deal for the Sampdoria midfielder.
The fee is roughly €5m higher than his release clause, with Arsenal agreeing to pay more if they can spread the payments over a number of years.
According to Uruguayan media, Torreira could even sign a contract before the World Cup is underway on Thursday.
Embajadores del Gol say Torreira’s agent Pablo Bentancur and Arsenal officials have flown out to Russia to complete the move, with Torreira expected to put pen to paper at the Uruguay team camp.
Torreira is a brilliant passer of the ball and is combative despite his size, impressing during his time in Serie A. The 22-year-old joined Pescara five years ago but his performances convinced Sampdoria to sign him in 2015.
The midfielder would become Arsenal’s second summer signing after free agent Stephan Lichtsteiner.
There is also a deal in place to bring Sokratis Papastathopoulos to north London for around €18m but the Greek won’t be officially unveiled until July.