Gunners are in danger of missing out on a primary transfer target as Valencia and Leicester close in on Sampdoria superstar Dennis Praet. Belgium international enjoyed a superb 2018-19 season in Serie A, contributing two goals and three assists for the Blucerchiati in 34 appearances.
His performances attracted attention from several top European clubs, including Arsenal, who submitted a £43m pound bid for Dennis and his club teammate, Joachim Andersen, last month. Bats and Foxes are now in pole position to sign the 25-year-old midfielder ahead of the London club, with a potential bidding war now on the cards.
Sampdoria footballer is currently worth nearly €25m, which is a bargain price for a midfielder of his age and quality in the current market. The Spanish club have already opened talks with the Blucerchiati over a possible deal for Belgian midfielder, but English side could hijack any potential move if they act quickly.
This latest news represents another major blow for the Gunners in this transfer window, with only Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli arriving at Emirates Stadium so far. Arsenal need more options in the squad after Aaron Ramsey’s departure to Juventus and Praet could have made a considerable difference to Unai Emery’s midfield.
Dennis is a forward-thinking footballer with impressive footwork and passing ability, which makes him an excellent fit for the London club. Unfortunately, it now looks as though if English football fans are to watch Belgian player in action next campaign, it will be at the King Power Stadium rather than the Emirates.