With the world’s football attention now firmly in the international sphere for the upcoming World Cup, Arsenal’s pre-tournament transfer business under new manager Unai Emery is managing to go slightly under the radar.

First Stephan Lichtsteiner donned the Arsenal shirt when he made the move as a free agent following the end of his Juventus contract and fellow defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund is reportedly already completed, with a formal announcement expected on July 1st.

Now, with the World Cup in Russia set to kick-off in what amounts to only a few hours in the general scale of things, Arsenal are set to make two more high profile additions to their new squad – Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira.

The Gunners are in advanced talks to sign goalkeeper Bernd Leno, Sky Sports are reporting. 26-year-old Leno would be making the move from Bayer Leverkusen, and while the German is not part of his country’s world cup squad on this occasion, he has made 6 appearances for the nation.

Leno would likely be signed with the intention of becoming a long-term replacement for Petr Cech, who turned 36-years-old at the end of last month.

Leno certainly made his mark in the Bundesliga, having a very impressive time at Leverkusen which seen him amass 233 league appearances.

The goalkeeper has a £22 million release clause in his contract, which Arsenal are expected to meet. Leverkusen have already made provisions for his exit, bringing in Lukas Hradecky from Eintracht Frankfurt to occupy the space between the posts at the German club.

Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has admitted that one of his clubs prized assets can leave, but only on their terms, saying “We are still in constant and open exchange with Bernd and his manager. Leno already had a concrete offer from Napoli in 2017, but we didn’t have an equivalent backup at the time. He had to stay and he did really well last season, but we thought Bernd’s desire to leave would resurface so and so with the arrival of Lukáš Hrádecký we have a high-quality successor.”

These comments – and proposed interest from Leno himself, who has been showing his support to posts about him and Arsenal on social media – suggest the move is a foregone conclusion.

What the signing of Leno would mean for David Ospina – currently in Russia about to contest a tough group with his international team, Columbia – is unsure. With Cech having only one year left to run on his contract, the two keepers could choose to stay but it seems highly unlikely, as they both have a lot to give and may not want to play second – or third – fiddle.

The other signing that Arsenal are believed to be in advanced talks with is exciting midfielder Lucas Torreira. The Uruguayan is currently situated in Russia with his national team, Uruguay, and is expected to make the move to North London from Sampdoria in Italy.
Since the start of the 2016/17 season - the year in which Torreira established himself as the starting defensive midfielder for Sampdoria, no player has won more tackles (198), won more fouls (174), or made more interceptions (158).

His tackle win-rate was the highest in Serie A in the season gone by, meaning that he even though he is of relatively diminutive stature at 5 feet 6 inches, he does not take any nonsense in the middle.

And best of all perhaps with Torreira is his age – he’s only 22-years-old, meaning if he delivers on the promise he has shown at Sampdoria, then he could make for a fantastic investment.

He joined Sampdoria in the summer of 2015 from fellow Italian side Pescara and has gone on to make 74 appearances.

Last season, the midfielder played 38 times and scored four times as Sampdoria finished 10th in Serie A.

With his first game of the World Cup arriving on the second day of the month-long tournament, it is perhaps unexpected to hear that his signing is expected to be completed before the match.

While Torreira’s release clause is the same as Leno - £22million – the Gunners have reportedly agreed to pay £26.2million with the stipulation that the fee be paid in installments rather than as a lump payment. The contract offered would be for 5 years, keeping the young player tied down until 2023.

Torreira is held in high regard in Italy, and another reason Arsenal may be upping the fee they are paying is to fend off reported interest from Napoli for the player.

If Torreira does make his now-expected to Arsenal in the next two days, it will make Uruguay’s matches in Group A of the World Cup – a group they’re expected to win comfortably – a lot more interesting. If Uruguay have a good tournament, it could very well make Torreira an even more appealing transfer.

There’s a lot of midfielders currently at Arsenal, but with his athleticism and attitude an argument could be made that Torreira could rival all of them for a starting place in the team based on the ability he has shown in Italy.

Both Leno and Torreira appear on paper to be good, long-term signings for Arsenal.

There is certainly a lot more talks about ins than outs at this relatively early stage of the transfer window, but once Emery has a better idea of what his pre-season team will look like, you can expect some high-profile exits as well. There’s a whole lot of transfer window left to go, but at least the team is beginning to take a refreshed look, especially in the defensive positions.