In their search for a midfield makeover, Arsenal have entered talks with Sampdoria concerning the future of Lucas Torreira as they look set to battle Serie A challengers, Napoli for the young Uruguayan's signature, the Independent reports.
Highly regarded as one of the hottest prospects in Italian football, 22-year-old Torreira, who was a mainstay in Marco Giampaolo's side last season, has long been subject to the interest of Unai Emery who continues to rebuild his new-look Arsenal side, however now the deal seems to be gathering momentum despite an official fee yet to be agreed.
With the World Cup upon us, the youngster will be watched eagerly by all as the modern playmaker, who displays excellent distribution takes his place in an Oscar Washington Tabarez side that poses an exciting midfield four full of craft and artistry as they look to top Group A and ruin the party for hosts, Russia as well as Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Slotting in just behind a prolific pairing of Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani, Torreira and Uruguay could slip under the radar this summer as one of the tournament's dark horses tipped to upset the odds.
Arsenal have indicated their willingness to outbid Torreira's other potential suitors, in the form of Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli, who finished runners-up in Serie A behind reigning champions, Juventus.
Chief scout, Sven Mislintat has been tasked with finding the diamonds in the rough that can help Arsenal return to the Champions League next season, with Emery plotting a charge for a top-four finish.
Arsenal fans, as the Torreira deal looks like it could begin to near completion, would you be pleased if the Uruguayan comes through the door at the Emirates? Can he help lead the assault on the Champions League spots? Let us know by commenting down below and take part in the poll. You can also tweet us at @AllOutFootball_ using the hashtag #AOF.