Arsenal are ready to offer €50m for Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen, but club president Massimo Ferrero has asked for more time.
Quotidiano journalist Giovanni Scotto reports that Arsenal are ready to offer Sampdoria’s full demands of €50m to sign Andersen and Praet, but Ferrero wants to wait until he’s appointed a new head coach at the club.
Il Secolo XIX (via Calciomercato) confirm Arsenal’s interest in both players, though they add that Tottenham Hotspur are also after Andersen. The Gunners’ North London rivals are reportedly preparing a first official offer of their own.
As for Praet, though Spurs aren’t in for him, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid are providing competition from Spain.
Funnily enough, this isn’t the first time Arsenal have come close to signing Praet. Nine years ago, when the midfielder was just a teenager, he had a trial with the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger admitted four years later (2014) that they’d turned him down over his slight frame at the time, but the former Arsenal boss was impressed with how the Belgian had developed.
Praet spent time at Arsenal as a teenager. I asked Wenger about him yesterday: "He was judged a bit weak physically, he has developed well."
— Jack Pitt-Brooke (@JackPittBrooke) November 4, 2014
The central-midfielder is strong in possession and progresses the ball forwards well, whilst Andersen is a tall ball-playing centre-back. If Arsenal are going to spend €50m on any two positions, those two are the most likely.