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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Dennis Praet of Leicester City looks on during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on August 18, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Dennis Praet of Leicester City looks on during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on August 18, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Arsenal were heavily linked with a move for Dennis Praet during the summer before he moved to Leicester but they also tried to sign him a 10 years ago when he was just a teenager.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21:  Ricardo Pereira of Leicester City (L) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with team mate Dennis Praet during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at The King Power Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 21: Ricardo Pereira of Leicester City (L) celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with team mate Dennis Praet during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at The King Power Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Along with Joachim Andersen, Arsenal were said to be very close to landing Praet this summer. Ultimately, however, the 25-year-old ended up signing for Brendan Rodgers and Leicester City where he has played 105 Premier League minutes so far this season across three games. He cost £18.9m.

But back when he was still a teen, and Arsene Wenger was still at the club, Arsenal made him an offer. He was even shown around the training ground by Liam Brady as the club tried to convince the then-15-year-old to move to London.

“I had three or four really good options,” Praet told the Guardian. “We went to visit Arsenal, Lille, Ajax and Anderlecht.