Arsenal are reportedly in talks to sign Uruguay international midfielder Lucas Torreira, according to the Daily Mail.
The Premier League side, who finished sixth in the English top-flight last term during legendary manager Arsene Wenger’s final year in charge, have been strongly linked with luring the Sampdoria star to the Emirates Stadium.
The 22-year-old, who has three international caps for his country, scored four goals and provided one assist in 38 appearances in all competitions for the Serie A outfit last season.
Torreira, who joined the Italian side from Pescara for just €1.5m back in July 2015, has played 74 times overall for the club and is currently on international duty with Uruguay ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia this month.
The report claims The Gunners remain in talks with Sampdoria over the £22m signing of the defensive midfielder, who is contracted in Italy until June 2022.
The Uruguayan has emerged as a top transfer target for new Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who made Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner his first acquisition in North London earlier this month.