Arsenal 26yo signs agreement to leave – travelling abroad today

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is set to travel to Istanbul today, having signed his Galatasaray contract in Milan last night.

Fabrizio Romano reported on Friday night that Lucas Torreira had signed his contract as a new Galatasaray player in Milan, where reports had suggested he was undergoing his medical examinations.

Romano added that the deal was finally complete, with Arsenal set to receive €6-7m (£5-5.9m) plus add-ons. That roughly tallies with other reports that the deal was worth £5m plus £2.5m in add-ons.

Turkish journalist Ali Naci Kucuk wrote that Torreira would arrive in Istanbul today, as Galatasaray prepare to announce his transfer.

Torreira had a year left on his Arsenal deal, and despite being called back for pre-season with the Gunners, he left the U.S. tour early to travel to Italy and hadn’t played a game since.

When he left the tour, a return to Serie A seemed like the most likely option, despite Fiorentina’s failure to activate their purchase clause to bring him back after his loan.

But none of the other Italian clubs with a reported interest ever submitted a satisfactory offer. Galatasaray did, and they now look to have landed their man.

There was a delay in the deal earlier this week, with Torreira seemingly stalling on the move.

The Uruguayan had previously hinted he was keen on a move to Italy or Spain, and perhaps he was holding out for a late offer from Serie A or La Liga.

When that proposal didn’t come, the midfielder accepted the offer on the table to play in the Super Lig. It’s seemingly just a case of waiting for the official confirmation now.

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