Lucas Torreira says Arsenal are one of the most important clubs in the world

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero recently said that Torreira had 'left' the club for 30m euros

Lucas Torreira called Arsenal "one of the most important clubs in the world"
Image: Lucas Torreira has called Arsenal "one of the most important clubs in the world"

Lucas Torreira called Arsenal "one of the most important clubs in the world", but refused to confirm if he has signed a deal at the Emirates.

The Arsenal target came off the bench during Uruguay's 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia, and after the game faced questions about his future, following comments by Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero that Torreira had "left" the club.

"No, I don't know [if he is an Arsenal player]," Torreira 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."

Torreira, who has yet to start for Uruguay in their two Group A wins in Russia, is seen as one of the rising stars of the national side.

Sky Italy reported last week that the Gunners had offered £26.4m (30m euro) in instalments for the 22-year-old, rather than paying his £22m release clause up front.

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during the Serie A match between Hellas Verona FC and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on September 20, 2017 in Verona, Italy.
Image: Torreira has been a regular for Sampdoria the past two seasons

Torreira has made 74 appearances for Sampdoria since joining the Serie A side in 2015, and would become Unai Emery's third signing of the summer should he put pen to paper.

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