Europa League finalists Arsenal have been dealt a big blow on the transfer scene after the Gunners’ bid for two Sampdoria players were rejected by the Italian Serie A club.
According to the publication from trusted Italian news portal La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Arsenal made a €48m bid for Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen and Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet and it was rejected by the Italians.
It was also revealed that the Gunners will have to make a bid of at least €55m for Sampdoria to consider the sale of two of their most prized assets.
Sampdoria and Arsenal have a good working relationship dating back to last summer when the Gunners signed Uruguayan international player Lucas Torreira.
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Arsenal paid £26m for Lucas Torreira over three instalments as agreed between both parties.
For the transfer of both Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen, Sampdoria are digging their heels as they bid to collect as much as possible for the two players.
Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen played their part as Sampdoria finished the just season in the top half of the table.
Arsenal had earlier made two bids for the two Sampdoria players before the third bid of €48m.
The Gunners’ first bid was €43m before the second bid worth €45m.