Sampdoria’s Dennis Praet Is Wanted By Leicester City

Arsenal target Dennis Praet  is on the radar of Premier League rivals Leicester  City, according to latest reports from Italy.

The Sampdoria midfielder had a trial with Arsenal  and the Gunners have previously been linked with a double swoop for the Belgian and team-mate Joachim Andersen.

Reports last month claimed have already had their bid rejected  for the duo.

AC Milan and Valencia have also been linked with a move for the midfielder, who has made more than 100 appearances for Sampdoria since joining from Anderlecht in 2016.

His agent Martin Riha described him as “a complete footballer” – although he would say that, of course.

But it seems ambitious Leicester agree with Riha’s assessment, and the Foxes are preparing to launch a £15m bid for the 25-year-old, according to Sky in Italy. 

Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester are keen to add to the signing of Youri Tielemans, who joined the Foxes for £40m from Monaco this week.

They finished ninth in the Premier League last season and are looking to bridge the gap to the European spots.

Riha said of Praet: “There are other clubs that want to sign him, especially abroad. They’ve already shown their interest.

However, he has previously refused to confirm whether Arsenal were among the clubs interested in the player, saying: “I can’t add anything else now, I think you can understand.

“Dennis is a complete footballer and he is ready to join a big club.

“There are many clubs interested, we’ll know everything in a few weeks.”

Praet made 37 appearances for Sampdoria last season, scoring two goals and registering three assists.

He spent time on trial with Arsenal as a teenager and featured against the club in the Champions League.

Gunners boss Unai Emery is looking to improve his squad in the coming weeks after seeing his side miss out on next season’s Champions League.

He is on the lookout for a new creative midfielder after Aaron Ramsey left the north London club to join Juventus  on a free transfer this summer.

Arsenal are believed to have only £45million to spend after missing out on next season’s Champions League.


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