Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira confirmed he was close to completing a move to Arsenal as he prepares for a medical at the Premier League club.
Torreira, 22, is close to sealing a switch to England after two seasons with Sampdoria in Serie A.
Goal previously reported the midfielder would make the move after his country’s World Cup campaign and with Uruguay falling to France in the quarter-finals on Saturday, the path is now clear for Torreira to join the Gunners.
The midfielder, who made five appearances at the World Cup, confirmed he was set for a medical at Arsenal, denying him a chance to return to Montevideo with the rest of the Uruguay squad.
“I was very happy to leave for Uruguay with my team-mates,” Torreira told Telenoche, “but this is a good opportunity and I don’t want to waste it.”
Torreira is set to join Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papastathopoulos as off-season signings at Arsenal.