Arsenal transfer news: Luis Suarez makes exciting claim about Gunners' Lucas Torreira deal
Unai Emery is eager to put his £50million transfer kitty to good use and he appears to be closing in on a deal for Torreiera, who plays for Sampdoria.
Reports earlier today suggested that Arsenal are hoping to clinch a deal for the Uruguayan before the World Cup for £22m, and the 22-year-old would provide more steel in midfield.
Meanwhile, Suarez saw Torreria close up when Barcelona played Sampdoria in a pre-season friendly in 2016.
And Suarez’s comments will no doubt sit well with the Emirates faithful.
“We played Sampdoria once,” Suarez said last season.
“I was surprised by the young lad who had been in the middle of the park for the whole match.
“After that evening, I learned he was Uruguayan, and from that moment, I started to follow him a bit in Serie A.
“He surprised me, he’s improved a lot and been playing at a very high level.
“He came on the scene at a very young age, when it’s not at all easy to assert yourself, but he succeeded in performing at a high level.”
Torreira is currently on World Cup duty with Uruguay, who start their campaign against Egypt on Friday (1pm UK time).