So it looks like just about every Arsenal transfer rumour is coming true. Oh my how things have changed! No two-month pursuit and haggling over prices, the new boys are just going all out to secure their targets, and they are getting the deals done quickly and efficiently.
After the arrival of Bernd Leno last night, we now have the Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero confirming that Torreira has been sold, and Arsenal are the only club that’s been linked with the little terrier….
“Sampdoria do not sell unless there are excellent offers,” said Ferrero. “We do not look for buyers. We have natural talents whose values increase exponentially.
“Generally, we do not make changed. Sampdoria is a stepping stone. It’s a family-run club and that allows players to grow up. It’s normal they have aspirations to play for big clubs, but I do not need to sell out.”
“Torreira has left for €30million. I bought him from Pescara when no one believed. We bet and we won, paying just €3million. The money that comes in is used to keep the club going.”
That is an amazing bit of honesty from the Italian. Could you imagine Wenger ever giving anything away like that in public before the deal is confirmed by the club??