Bentancur says the player Arsenal wants is one of the best in the world

Tottenham midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur has called Arsenal target Federico Valverde one of the best midfielders in the world.

Valverde is enjoying a breakout season with Real Madrid but Arsenal have been linked with a bust for the Uruguayan international midfielder.

Spanish publication Central Defense claimed that Arsenal sent scouts to watch Mykhaylo Mudryk play for Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League against Real Madrid earlier this season.

But it was Valverde who attracted their attention as the Gunners continue their search for a new central midfielder after missing out on Douglas Luiz on transfer deadline day before he signed a new deal with Aston Villa.

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Bentancur on Valverde

In an interview with the Italian press, Bentancur said of his teammate from Uruguay before the World Cup: “In South America, football feels different than in Europe.

“For us every minute is the last we live. I am waiting for the start of this World Cup but without too much anxiety.

“Uruguay has Valverde who is one of the best in the world in his role. There is also Suárez and Cavani; We can have a great World Cup”.

It would be a huge surprise if Arsenal could lure Valverde to come to the club despite how well the season is going so far.

Playing Champions League football would be the absolute minimum requirement for him to join and Arsenal would probably need to win the league before Manchester City for him to consider coming.

Valverde’s value and actions could rise further if he shines alongside Bentancur, but Uruguay have a group of death alongside Portugal, South Korea and Ghana.

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