There are a host of potential signings linked with interest from Arsenal, but after making a busy start to the summer transfer window, the club might have already reached its spending limit ahead of the 2018-19 season.
Following the arrival of Unai Emery as Arsenal manager, the Spaniard and the club wasted no time delving into the transfer market. As the Gunners head into a new era without Arsene Wenger at the helm, it’s inevitable that the new coaching team will be keen to ring in the changes. Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner have already been signed, whilst a deal for Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira is expected to be concluded shortly.
Currently in action at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Torreira has performed well and helped Uruguay to reach the quarter-finals, setting up a mouth-watering duel with France for a place in the semi-finals. The outcome of that encounter could dictate when the 22-year-old will be officially announced by Arsenal, however, metro.co.uk have quoted his father as saying that a medical is scheduled in London at the end of the tournament.
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Uruguay’s Standout Performer?
The confident displays at the World Cup by Torreira have shown that Uruguay national team boss, Oscar Tabarez, was right to include the youngster in his squad. This was no frivolous bet on a player previously untested on the international stage, but a careful study of Torreira’s impressive form and statistics produced throughout the 2017-18 season in Italy, making him Sampdoria’s best player throughout the campaign.
Likewise, in a World Cup that has brought so many surprises, Uruguay have become an increasingly interesting bet to reach the final, having being considered one of the least fancied South American sides to do so. Results at the tournament so far have defied the expectations of fans and bookmakers alike, with favourites such as Germany and Argentina falling by the wayside.
For that reason and during the final stages of the competition, it’s perhaps wise to keep an eye on previews, free betting tips and predictions, because Uruguay certainly have enough resolve to frustrate any French flair, in their upcoming encounter. Also, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are tipped for Golden Ball success at 33/1, so they’re definitely worth watching. Indeed, Arsenal could end up signing Torreira in celebratory mood, if his national team can continue defying expectations at the World Cup.
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Will it Dry Up Spending Elsewhere?
The only doubt surrounding Arsenal at present is how much money is available for transfers. With the club spending £26m on Torreira according to Talksport, this will apparently drain what’s left in the kitty for other potential signings Emery might have in mind, meaning the Gunners could be forced to sell before making further investments this summer.
Every day, it seems that someone else is linked with interest from Arsenal, although if all the rumours were true, the squad list would exceed a hundred players. This makes any of the latest gossip worth taking with a pinch of salt, especially amidst continued speculation that Emery also wants to sign Steven N’Zonzi and Ever Banega, who he worked with so successfully at Sevilla in Spain’s La Liga.
Nevertheless, this could prove to be one of the most interesting transfer windows for many years at the Emirates, meaning that fans will inevitably be following everything that’s said and written about the club they love. Emery is also keen to make a positive start to his managerial tenure at Arsenal, with changes afoot that will bring stark differences in the way the team plays, compared to the Wenger era. There are certainly exciting times ahead.