Lucas Torreira: Sampdoria player could be Gabi's Atlético replacement

The 21-year-old Uruguayan is on Diego Simeone's list, but Sampdoria have rejected January offers according to TuttoSport.
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Lucas Torreira.

He's one of the most exciting figures in Uruguayan football. Lucas Torreira may only be 21 years old, but he is already a central pillar of Marco Giampaolo's Sampdoria team.

Atlético to return for Torreira in the summer

The Italian sports daily TuttoSport reported on Thursday that Sampdoria have rejected Atlético Madrid's overtures to sign the midfielder in January 2018. It is understood that Torreira will remain a priority for Atlético in the next summer transfer window. 

Torreira holds a Spanish passport, and as such, would not occupy one of the squad spaces designated for foreign players. 

Simeone looking to phase out Gabi

The centre of midfield is a position that Atlético have earmarked for reinforcement, particularly as Gabi is now 34.

Lucas Torreira has played eight matches for Sampdoria so far this season, all of them as a starter, and has accumulated 720 minutes of football. Despite his diminutive stature (1.68m) he is a defensive-minded player. 

LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
3Real Madrid 17 5 2 1
4Atlético 16 4 4 0
5Sevilla 16 5 1 2
Full standing
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*Update 19 de octubre de 2017