Arsenal £44m bid rejected to lure Serie A Stars!

The Gunners are looking to overhaul the squad with a modest budget of £40m.

After the heavy defeat in the Europa League final, Arsenal and Unai Emery will be looking to amend the Achilles heel of the team with a modest budget of £40m. The Gunners will be looking for a center-back, alongside a winger and a box to box midfielder. However with no technical director appointed yet, Arsenal will have to be shrewd in their transfer activity. It seems Arsenal will have to at least £44m to get the service of Serie A duo.

Arsenal will have to pay at least £44m to sign Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen after seeing an opening £37m bid rejected by Sampdoria for the duo.Unai Emery is expected to be busy in the transfer market this summer as he needs to overhaul an unbalanced squad that missed out on the top four in the Premier League and was beaten 4-1 by Chelsea in the Europa League final.

A new centre-back is desperately needed as they conceded 51 goals in the league this season and Shkodran Mustafi is being linked with a move to Italy following a disappointing spell at the Emirates while the future of Laurent Koscielny is in serious doubt.

The Gunners also need to find a replacement for Aaron Ramsey as the Welshman will leave a huge void needing to be filled in midfield when he joins Juventus on a free transfer this summer after running down his contract. According to reports, Arsenal have identified their targets in the form of Praet and Andersen.

Andersen has developed into one of the best young centre-backs in Italian football since joining Sampdoria from FC Twente in 2017 and he would be a big upgrade on Mustafi if the Danish international settled in English football.

Praet has also been a key player for Sampdoria since joining the club three years ago and the 25-year-old is able to play central midfield or on the wing so he’d be a useful addition to Emery’s squad if he could be lured to north London this summer.

Author’s Take:

With a low budget of £40m, Arsenal will have to be shrewd. Arsenal can get the deal done if certain players leave but whether Praet and Andersen will be successful in England, it remains to be seen.

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