Lucas Torreira confirms Arsenal move ahead of medical

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Lucas Torreira is on his way to Arsenal.

Lucas Torreira has confirmed he is on his way to Premier League club Arsenal for his medical.

After a terrific campaign for Uruguay at World Cup 2018 in Russia, the 22-year old midfielder is heading to the Gunners for a £25million fee from Sampdoria.

After Oscar Tabarez’s team crashed out of the World Cup, due to a 2-0 quarter-final defeat to France, Torreira opened up and explained he was heading straight to London and not going along his Uruguayan team mates to celebrate their campaign.

He told Telenoche: “I would have been very happy to be able to return to Uruguay with my team-mates, but this is a fantastic opportunity [to join Arsenal] and I do not want to waste it.”

The youngster will become Unai Emery’s fourth signing since being named manager of the club.

The former PSG boss has already secured the services of goalkeeper Bernd Leno, defender Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hails new talent Naby Keita and Fabinho

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists only top-quality talent like new signings Naby Keita and Fabinho will be considered for his squad this summer.

The £100million pair made their first appearances in a Red shirt, playing 45 minutes apiece in the 7-0 friendly win at Chester.

Keita, in particular, slotted in seamlessly after the break and created one goal with his counter-pressing.

Klopp said he was helped by the fact former club RB Leipzig play a similar style and it would take Fabinho longer to adapt as Monaco’s football was different.

Asked what the pair will bring to the side, the Liverpool manager said: “Quality. It’s all good.

“You saw Naby comes from Leipzig and knows the football philosophy as it’s a similar one.

“He’s very sharp in the challenges, very quick in mind in these situations of counter-pressing, his impulses look kind of natural, which is good.

“Monaco played a completely different style, so Fabinho probably needs a few more days.

“But he’s a fantastic football player, a good passer, his challenges are good, a proper defensive midfielder with the option of being a number eight as well.

“If you want to be a part of our squad then you need to be good and these two boys are.”

Liverpool led 2-0 at half-time thanks a double from Wales international Harry Wilson but after the break Daniel Sturridge, who looked fit and sharp, scored twice, with Ryan Kent, James Milner (penalty) and Danny Ings completing the scoring.

Goalkeeper Loris Karius also had his first outing since his disastrous Champions League performance, where he was responsible for two of Real Madrid’s goals – with the club subsequently learning he had suffered a concussion.

The German made one good save, deflecting Jordan Archer’s shot over the crossbar and then late on in the first half did well to claim a high cross one-handed under pressure.

“It was a difficult save but he made that and it looked good and the high ball it was difficult,” added the Reds boss.

“Many goalkeepers would have dropped it and then everyone would have been ‘Oh that happened’ and it starts again.

“I need cool down the whole situation and play football and work on our weaknesses, use our strengths and everything will be good.”

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Man United set to kick-off 2018/19 Premier League season against Leicester

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Manchester United’s home clash with Leicester will be the first game of the new Premier League season after it was moved to a Friday night for television coverage.

The 2015/16 champions’ trip to Old Trafford on August 10 will be shown on Sky Sports, which will also televise Tottenham’s lunchtime (15:00 UAE ) visit to Newcastle the following day.

Also on Saturday, August 11, last year’s Championship winners Wolves meet Marco Silva’s Everton in a 17:30 (20:30 UAE) kick-off that will be on BT Sport.

In the first batch of Sunday games, Liverpool take on West Ham and Arsenal host reigning champions Manchester City, both of which will be shown on Sky Sports, while Southampton’s home game against Burnley has been pushed back to that date due to the Clarets’ possible involvement in a Europa League game three days earlier.

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