Sampdoria star Lucas Torreira has called Arsenal ‘one of the most important teams in the world’ amid rumours he’s set for a move to the Emirates.
Torreira has reportedly agreed a £26million deal with Arsenal and is expected to join up with his new team-mates after Uruguay’s World Cup campaign.
Unai Emery is on the lookout for midfield reinforcements, with Jack Wilshere on his way out of Arsenal, and Torreira has been hus number one target.
Stephan Lichtsteiner completed a free transfer to Arsenal this month and Torreira has hinted that he could follow to north London.
Asked if he’s an Arsenal player, Torreira replied: ‘No, I don’t know (if he is an Arsenal player).
‘At the moment , the most important thing is playing for my country.
‘Arsenal are a good team, one of the most important in the world, but at this moment I am focused on playing for my country.’
Sampdoria’s president claimed earlier this week that they had received £26m for Uruguayan.
‘Torreira has left for €30million, I bought him from Pescara when nobody believed in him,’ Massimo Ferrero told TMW.
‘We took a gamble on him and we won, paying just €3million.
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