Arsenal told to pay £49m for Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen – Reports

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Sampdoria have set a £49m price tag on Joachim Andersen and Dennis Praet after rejecting a £43m bid from Arsenal for the pair last week, according to reports in Italy.

Unai Emery is looking to bolster his squad following a disappointing end to the season and has identified centre-back Andersen and playmaker Praet as two of his top transfer targets.

However, Arsenal’s offer for the pair fell slightly short of Sampdoria’s valuation of the players as the Serie A side are demanding €30m for Andersen and €25m for Praet.

AC Milan have also been strongly linked with a move for Andersen and Praet as they appear set to appoint Sampdoria’s manager Marco Giampaolo as Gennaro Gattuso’s replacement.

Andersen impressed with his ball-playing abilities from defence last season, completing the second-highest number of long balls of any outfield player in Serie A.

Praet, who had a trial at Arsenal during his time at Anderlecht nearly a decade ago, scored two goals and registered three assists in Serie A last season.

Sampdoria’s asking price for Andersen and Praet isn’t too much higher than Arsenal have already offered, however, Emery is working with a reduced budget of around £45m this summer.

Arsenal’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League means that he will have to offload players in order to raise additional funds with Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Shkodran Mustafi reportedly all available.

One player that looks likely to stay at the Emirates, though, is Granit Xhaka with the Swiss international committing his future to the club amid speculation linking him to Inter Milan.

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