Transfer target Lucas Torreira has talked up Arsenal as a potential destination as rumours of his transfer to North London intensify, but insists he’s focusing only on the World Cup for now.
The 22 year old has made two substitute appearances for Uruguay in Russia so far, and will continue into the knock-out rounds after they secured their qualification with a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia yesterday.
The Sampdoria man spoke to the Independent after the game, and was asked if he was set to become an Arsenal player.
“No, I don’t know, ” he said. “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.”
The question came after the Italian side’s president, Massimo Ferrero, seemed to reveal that an agreement had been found over his departure – although he stopped short of mentioning Arsenal.
Speaking earlier this week, Ferrero said, “Torreira has left for €30million, I bought him from Pescara when nobody believed in him.
“We took a gamble on him and we won, paying just €3million. The money that comes in will be used to capitalise the company.”
He had also been linked with a move to Napoli, but it does seem as if the midfielder will become an Arsenal player after the World Cup, barring no last minute hitches.