Arsenal are prepared to splash most of their transfer money on Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen, as they begin a summer revamp of the squad ahead of the 2019/20 season. 


The Gunners are said to only have around £40m to spend in this transfer window after failing to secure a Champions League spot for a third consecutive season. Manager Unai Emery is reportedly hoping to secure the pair for £37m, but it will not be that easy.


Following growing speculation on his future, Praet has revealed details about his release clause, or rather the lack of it.

Speaking to Het​ Laatste Nieuws, Praet said: "I want to move to a top club in one of the four top leagues. I don't have a release clause, but Sampdoria have verbally agreed to grant me a move if an interesting offer arrives."


Original reports stated that the Belgian had a £23m release clause in his Sampdoria’s contract, which the Gunners were hoping to trigger.


The 25-year-old, however, has firmly denied it, meaning that ​Arsenal will have to fight with other top European clubs for the signature of Praet. The lack of release clause may also result in Sampdoria asking for a much higher price than the mentioned £23m for the midfielder.

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Arsenal will be desperate to sign the Belgian, as they’re still looking for a possible ​Aaron Ramsey replacement, after the Welsh midfielder agreed to a move to ​Juventus on a free transfer this summer.


Emery is mainly focused on bolstering his midfield and defence in this transfer window and has also identified Praet’s teammate Joachim Andersen as a possible target.


Andersen is one of ​Serie A’s highly rated centre-backs and has helped Sampdoria to a ninth place finish this season.

He became a regular starter for the Italian outfit at the beginning of the 2018/19 campaign and has attracted attention from some European heavy weights, including ​Manchester United, Milan and ​Tottenham Hotspur.


Sampdoria are reportedly willing to let both players go if the right offer comes in, but they are looking for a fee closer to £45m.