Newcastle United have been put on red alert as Italian reports have emerged that Belgian international Dennis Praet is free to leave Sampdoria this summer.
According to Sport Witness, the Magpies were very keen on bringing the attacking midfielder to Tyneside last summer as Praet’s contract expires in 2021, and has a release clause of €26m.
Calcio Mercato confirmed that Sampdoria are willing to allow Lucas Torreira and Dennis Praet to leave the Stadio Luigi Ferrari, as the Serie A club are having to sell players in order to balance the books ahead of next season.
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez was said to be ‘very interested’ to bring Praet through the door last summer, but a move to England never materialised.
Praet is one of a number of names linked with a move to St. James’ Park as the Spaniard looks to reinforce his squad for the upcoming season with strength in depth in mind.