Pre-World Cup Arsenal Transfer Update: Sokratis, Torreira

Torreira
Lucas Torreira of U.C. Sampdoria during the Serie A TIM match between SSC Napoli and UC Sampdoria at Stadio San Paolo Naples Italy on 23 December 2017. (Photo Franco Romano)

The 2018 World Cup kicks off tomorrow, Thursday the 14th, with the hosts Russia facing Saudi Arabia. However, club teams can’t compete, so let’s talk about something else. The past few days have seen some really interesting developments in the world of football transfers, especially in north London. Without further adieu, here is another Arsenal transfer update, including the latest on Sokratis and Torreira.

Sokratis, Torreira Have Basically Signed Dat Ting: Arsenal Transfer Update

Let’s start with some news from the one and only David Ornstein. The BBC reporter broke the news on Tuesday that Arsenal are close to their second and third signings of the post-Wenger era.

After Stephan Lichtsteiner joined on a free from Juventus, Sokratis Papasthatopoulos and Lucas Torreira are agonizingly near to becoming Gunners.

Torreira

So, as you can see, the deal to bring in Sokratis Papasthatopoulos is basically done. While there are doubts over the ability of the Greek defender to compete in the Premier League after a relatively poor season with Dortmund, he has loads of experience and his fee is very affordable.

However, I already did an article about him. So, you can check that out here for more details about just what Sokratis will bring. Let’s get into Torreira.

A Perfect Fit?

The Sampdoria man really dominated the middle of the park this past season in Serie A. His touch is as silky as could be expected from a defensive midfielder, and all reports from Italy indicate he also reads the game very well.

While not as strong defensively as N’Golo Kante, he isn’t that far off. The Uruguayan averaged 2.6 tackles per game and two interceptions per 90 in the league last season. This mix of passing, intelligence and defensive aptitude has been missing in the Arsenal midfield for a number of years.

I can think of Abou Diaby as a comparable player, although let’s hope the Frenchman’s penchant for injury is not replicated by Torreira. Other than that, probably only Patrick Vieira possessed his same mix of offensive and defensive talents.

No doubt that if a deal can be made, Unai Emery’s men will get a huge boost from the midfielder.

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