Joachim Andersen is on Unai Emery’s summer wishlist (Picture: Getty)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.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Sampdoria demanding £49m for Arsenal transfer targets Joachim Andersen and Dennis Praet Advertisement Dennis Praet was linked with a move to Arsenal during Arsene Wenger’s time in charge (Picture: Getty)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.AdvertisementAdvertisementPraet, 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.Read more: How Sampdoria pair Joachim Andersen and Dennis Praet can solve two of Unai Emery’s biggest issues at ArsenalSampdoria’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.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterMonday 10 Jun 2019 4:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link407Shares Advertisement
Advertisement Comment Gnabry left Arsenal in 2017 for just £5m (Picture: Getty)And, while Wenger is delighted that Gnabry has developed into the player he believed he could become, he admits he’s sad that it was not at Arsenal. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Let’s not forget Gnabry, I bought him at the age of 15 from Stuttgart and he was injured a lot,’ Wenger told beIN SPORTS.‘He’s creative, he can score goals, right-footed, left-footed, good power, good penetration, very, very clever with the timing of his runs. His tendency was a bit too easy, like I told you about with young, talented players.‘But he has matured a lot and he is one of the dominant players now in Germany.‘No, no [I didn’t want to let him go]. We had an agreement with him. I had given him out on loan to West Brom and he didn’t play a game, came back, he was injured.‘We worked with him very hard for six months and he went out with the German national team under-21s. Bayern made a deal with Bremen and in the end he didn’t want to extend the contract [at Arsenal].‘I was very sad that we couldn’t get over the line with him because I knew that he would have a great future. He can play No 10, he can be a No 9, he is a very intelligent player.’MORE: Manchester United confident of completing Jadon Sancho transfer if personal terms can be agreed with winger Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 19 Aug 2020 11:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Serge Gnabry fired Bayern Munich into the Champions League final. (Picture: Getty Images)Arsene Wenger admits he’s ‘very sad’ that Serge Gnabry left Arsenal only to go on to become one of the finest players in world football. The German winger joined the Gunners at the age of 15 from Stuggart and Wenger was a huge admirer of the midfielder.Gnabry was tipped for big things in north London but a disastrous loan spell with West Brom created doubts in the German’s mind about life in England.The winger returned to the Gunners and agreed to signing a new contract before backtracking on the verbal agreement.Gnabry subsequently signed for Werder Bremen for a paltry £5m, only to sign for Bayern 12 months later. The winger has since become one of the most feared wingers in the world at the Allianz Arena and he scored twice against Lyon to send the Bavarians through to the Champions League final, where they’ll face PSG. ADVERTISEMENT Arsene Wenger reveals major regret over Serge Gnabry’s Arsenal career Advertisement
Magilton’s side have taken only one point from their first four matches in Group 3 but all three defeats have been by a single goal. Thursday saw them undone by a late goal having shut out a strong France side for 82 minutes. The game at Mourneview Park offers their best chance yet, with Ukraine also earning a solitary point so far and Magilton goes in with a positive mindset. “We go into every game to win it so I’m expecting to ask Ukraine plenty of questions,” he told Press Association Sport. “Apart from the result against France we are really pleased with that game. We have to set a stall out with the quality they’ve got and our players executed their game plan near perfectly. “There are always things you can do better, and for us that’s in terms of of how we hurt the opposition, but to go to a team of that level and nearly come away with a result should give us a lot of confidence.” Ryan McLaughlin, the Liverpool defender on loan at Aberdeen, is suspended after picking up a second booking in France, but Luke McCullough should once again lead the side. The Doncaster defender has won five senior caps and is in contention for a place at next summer’s European Championship. “Luke adds experience and presence to our group and we’re in need of both,” said Magilton. “His time with the senior team rubs off on what is a young group of players and he brings real leadership.” Press Association Northern Ireland Under-21 boss Jim Magilton is aiming for a first win of the Euro 2017 qualifying campaign against Ukraine on Tuesday.