Lucas Torreira confirms Arsenal transfer as he flies in for medical

Mexico's forward Hirving Lozano holds the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena in Samara

Arsenal are understood be close to announcing the signing of Lucas Torreira and Steven N'Zonzi, in deals worth a combined £52m.

The Gunners have reportedly agreed upon a fee with Sampdoria - a fact confirmed by their president - as well as personal terms with Torreira, with only a medical pending to complete the deal.

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.

"I was very happy to leave for Uruguay with my team-mates", Torreira told Telenoche, "but this is a good opportunity and I don't want to waste it".

This week the Squawka Talker discussed Spain's elimination to hosts Russian Federation and the Ronaldo-esque display delivered by Kylian Mbappe as France knocked out Argentina, but there was also a focus on one particular signing thought to be coming soon to the Premier League.

Emery knows N'Zonzi well from his time in Seville, winning two Europa League trophies together at the Spanish side, and is a player the manager is said to be keen to reunite with in north London this summer.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos has described himself as a "defender who likes to defender" following his move to Arsenal.

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

Torreira will become Unai Emery's fourth signing since taking over at the Emirates.

And according to French outlet Ouest-France, Lorient midfielder Guendouzi will under go his Arsenal medical today.

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