Arsenal submit improved £44m second bid for Sampdoria duo Praet and Joachim

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Arsenal have submitted a new €50 million (£44m) bid to sign Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen, according to reports.

Earlier this week, reports in Italy claimed that the Gunners had tabled a €42m (£37m) offer for the two players, but the bid was turned down by Sampdoria.

According to Sampnews24, who revealed the first details of Lucas Torreira’s move from Sampdoria to Arsenal last year, Arsenal have returned with an improved offer for Praet and Andersen.

And the report claims that Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero is ready to accept Arsenal’s new bid.

Praet, a Belgian central midfielder, scored two goals and registered three assists in 37 appearances for Sampdoria this season.

The 25-year-old also went on trial at Arsenal when he was 16 but opted to remain in Belgium and join Anderlecht instead of moving to the Gunners.

Andersen, meanwhile, is one of Serie A’s top central defenders and is viewed by Arsenal as a long-term successor to Laurent Koscielny.

Tottenham have also been linked with a move for the Denmark international.

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