Arsenal are in talks with Sampdoria over the proposed £22million transfer of Lucas Torreira.
The 22-year-old Uruguay international, has emerged as a preferred alternative for new Gunners boss Unai Emery, who wishes a defensive midfielder brought in earlier than subsequent season.
Torreira has a buy-out clause, but SportsMail reports Arsenal may also want to pay in instalments, because of their restricted finances for the summer season trasnfer window.
“Lucas Torreira has a launch clause. Everyone knows it. Whoever wishes to take Torreira will have to work with that release clause; €25m,” Massimo Ferrero, the Sampdoria president, said.
Arsenal have already signed Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free and have agreed a deal well worth round £16m with Borussia Dortmund for Sokratis Papastathopoulos which is expected to be proven subsequent month.