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
Defender Isaac Vorsah has expressed huge disappointment on reports of him being a doubt for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals after he gains full fitness to play in the World Cup.The Red Bull Salzburg centre-back has recovered ahead of schedule after he encountered a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament in May.The 25-year-old was scheduled to return to action after six months and has started full scale training with a personal training assistant ahead of scheduled return.Last month, he was named in Salzburg’s winter training tour of Qatar and was separated from team to do extra work on the touchlines.”I am suprised about these reports of me missing the World cup it is never true because I have recovered fully and i just came back from training and ever ready for the World Cup”.He saidVorsah is likely to play some few matches before the end of the season; Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has mentioned him as part of his fair idea of the team to make the world cup squad for the tournament in Brazil. His experience will be needed at the back after playing at the 2010 World Cup finals and last two Africa Cup of Nations finals.His position has now been taken by the likes of youngsters Rashid Sumaila, Jonathan Mensah, Awal Mohammed and Jerry Akaminko.
Popular nightclub owner Clyde Barrett was on Friday remanded to prison after appearing before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a drug trafficking charge.The charge alleges that Barrett had at his nightclub 19.188 kilograms of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking on July 17, 2018.Nightclub owner Clyde BarrettAccording to the Prosecution’s case, Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) ranks went to Barrett’s Sussex Street, Albouystown business place on July 17, and carried out a search which resulted in the retrieval of the cannabis hidden in a kitchen cupboard, which had to be opened using Barrett’s key.The prosecution objected to Barrett being placed on bail.Represented by Attorney-at-Law Mark Conway, the 40-year-old Barrett denied the charge which was read to him; and Conway, in his submission for bail, told the court that two other persons were arrested during the raid at the nightclub.Magistrate Daly, however, upheld the prosecution’s objection and the businessman was remanded. The case will continue on August 8.