Sampdoria ‘verbally agree’ to let £22m Arsenal target go

Joe Williams
Dennis Praet Sampdoria

Dennis Praet has revealed that Sampdoria have “verbally agreed” to let him leave this summer, while he has responded to rumours that he has a release clause in his contract.

Reports in Italy have claimed that Arsenal want to blow most of their transfer budget on Praet and his Sampdoria team-mate Joachim Anderson.

Tuttosport claims that the Gunners want to spend €42million on the pair as they try to do a double deal.

Praet reportedly has a €25million (£22m) release clause in his contract, while Anderson will cost around €22million (£19.5m).

The Belgian has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium in recent weeks as a possible replacement for Aaron Ramsey, who has completed a move in the other direction, joining Serie A giants Juventus on a free transfer.

And now Praet has broken his silence on reports he could leave the Italian outfit, the midfielder told Het Laatste Nieuws: “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.”