Arsenal are set to rival Napoli for Sampdoria and Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira

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Arsenal’s summer refit under new head coach Unai Emery is set to continue with the capture of Sampdoria and Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira ahead of Napoli, according to reports.

Torreira, 22, emerged as one of the most-promising players in Serie A at last term’s 10th-placed finishers. This form has not gone unnoticed elsewhere, with the breakout star in Genoa strongly linked with a switch down south to Naples.

But Gianluca Di Marzio has stated that the Gunners are looking to take advantage of a €25 million (Dh108m) release clause in his contract. They are also pondering whether to offer even more money to get the deal done.

Torreira has scored four times in 74 appearances for Samp since his 2016 arrival from Pescara.

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Jonny Evans admits he couldn't turn down chance to join Leicester

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Jonny Evans has admitted he could not turn down the chance to join “ambitious” Leicester as they finally struck a cut-price deal for a man they once valued at £23million.

The 30-year-old defender completed his move from West Brom to the King Power Stadium, subject to Premier League approval, for an undisclosed fee on Friday when he signed a three-year contract.

It is understood the Foxes will pay around £3million for the 70-times-capped Northern Ireland international after activating a relegation clause in his deal at the Hawthorns.

Evans told LCFC TV: “It’s great to join and I’m happy it’s all gone through. When this opportunity came up, it’s one that I couldn’t turn down. It’s an ambitious club, the owners are ambitious and everyone wants to push the club forward.

“I hope that I can give lots to the team and the club. It’s a great place to play football, the fans really get behind the team and the players are fantastic – these are all factors that made me want to sign for this football club.”

Leicester tried repeatedly to sign Evans last summer but their final bid of £23million was rejected by West Brom, who have also resisted overtures from Manchester City and Arsenal.

Evans made 96 appearances for the Baggies, who he joined in a deal which eventually amounted to £8million from Manchester United in August 2015, but did not figure in the final six games of last season under then caretaker boss Darren Moore as the club’s eight-year stay in the Premier League ended.

Evans was one of four players who issued an apology after an incident in which a taxi was allegedly driven off during a club trip to Spain in February, although Leicester manager Claude Puel is convinced he has got his hands on a leader.

He said: “Jonny is a player of great experience in the Premier League and to have him as part of our squad is fantastic news for the football club.

“He knows exactly what it takes, he is a winner and a leader. He will bring a great deal to our squad and I’m delighted to welcome him to Leicester City.”

The Foxes have turned to Evans as Puel looks to revamp his defensive resources this summer, with title-winning skipper Wes Morgan now 34 and Robert Huth due to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the month.

He is their second summer signing, following Portuguese defender Ricardo Pereira.

Belfast-born Evans emerged from Manchester United’s academy and cut his teeth in the professional game in loan spells at Royal Antwerp in Belgium and Sunderland, where he helped the club win the 2006-07 Championship title under Roy Keane.

He made his United debut against Chelsea in September 2008 and went on to play 196 times for the Red Devils in a spell which brought three league titles, two League Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.

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Lyon deny Nabil Fekir deal with Liverpool despite reports of imminent transfer

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Ligue 1 club club Lyon have denied claims that Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign midfielder Nabil Fekir.

On their Twitter account, the French club deemed the rumours as ‘false’ after it was reported that he was going in for a medical.

The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with the Premier League club and a move seemed imminent.

The statement from Lyon read: “Olympique Lyonnais categorically denies the false information disseminated by many media about the transfer of Nabil Fakir to the Liverpool club.”

“In this period of transfers where the slightest rumour is often presented as a reality, Olympique Lyonnais recalls that only the information disseminated by the club on its website is authentic.”

While a switch still seems certain for the midfielder this summer, Liverpool are keen to make it happen before the World Cup kicks off in Russia.

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