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Sampdoria star Lucas Torreira has labelled Arsenal ‘one of the most important teams in the world’ amid speculation he’s set for a move to the Emirates. Torreira, 22, has reportedly agreed a £26million deal with the Gunners and is expected to join up with his new team-mates following Uruguay’s World Cup campaign. Unai Emery is on the hunt for midfielder reinforcements, with Jack Wilshere on his way out of Arsenal, and Torreira has been the Spaniard’s number one target.
Stephan Lichtsteiner completed a free transfer to Arsenal earlier this month and Torreira has hinted that he could follow the Swiss to north London. Asked if he is 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 the Serie A outfit had received £26m for Torreira. ‘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. ‘The money that comes in will be used to capitalise the compa