Pavon ‘targeted by Barcelona’ as Arsenal face competition for Boca Juniors star

Barcelona are ready to battle it out with Arsenal for Cristian Pavon.

Pavon, who currently plies his trade with Boca Juniors, was part of Argentina’s World Cup squad – although he failed to make an impression in Russia.

But Arsenal’s transfer chiefs remain keen on the 22-year-old frontman and have been tipped to make a move.

MARCA report Barca are also interested though and are ready to offer a lucrative contract in a bid to lure him to the Nou Camp.

Boca are reluctant to sell Pavon – who can play anywhere across the frontline – and are aware they could start a bidding war for the Argentine international.

Torreira deal done

Lucas Torreira has completed his move to Arsenal, with new Gunners chief Unai Emery delighted to welcome a player he believes is one of the game’s brightest young talents.

The Uruguayan midfielder becomes Arsenal’s fourth signing of the summer in a deal believed to be worth £22million.

Torreira arrives from Sampdoria having jetted into London to undergo a medical following Uruguay’s World Cup exit.

Gunners boss Emery said: “In Lucas Torreira, we have signed a young player who is a very bright talent in the game.

"A midfielder with great quality, I have enjoyed watching his performances for Sampdoria in the past two seasons, and we all saw him do very well for Uruguay in the World Cup."

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Guendouzi puts pen to paper

Arsenal have completed the signing of French youngster Matteo Guendouzi.

The Gunners wrapped up their fourth deal of the summer on Tuesday with the acquisition of Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira.

And while it hasn’t been announced by the club just yet, Guendouzi, 19, has put pen to paper on a five year deal, reports Football.London.

Video footage of Guendouzi signing his deal has emerged, with the 19-year-old sitting next to Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy.

It was Mislintat who identified Guendouzi as a possible target, but according to reports in France it was head coach Unai Emery who persuaded the youngster to leave his homeland and move to the Emirates.

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