Dennis Praet’s agent promises Arsenal transfer target’s future will be ‘sorted’ in next fortnight

first_imgDennis Praet’s agent promises Arsenal transfer target’s future will be ‘sorted’ in next fortnight Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More SPONSORED PLAY / by Metro Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling About Connatix V67539 Read More Skip Ad Full Screen Read More Dennis Praet has been heavily linked with transfer to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Dennis Praet’s agent Martin Riha insists the Belgium international midfielder’s future is likely to be finalised within the next fortnight.The 25-year-old, who had a trial at Arsenal as a teenager, has emerged as one of Unai Emery’s primary targets to replace Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey.Arsenal reportedly saw a joint £49million bid for Praet and his Sampdoria teammate Joachim Andersen rejected earlier this week, but the north London club are expected to return imminently with an improved offer.AC Milan, however, are understood to represent significant competition for Praet’s services and could hold a significant advantage given Marco Giampaolo’s appointment as Gennaro Gattuso’s replacement as head coach after three years at Sampdoria.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Comment Top articles Read More Unai Emery is interested in Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen (Picture: Metro / Getty)MORE: How Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen can solve two of Unai Emery’s biggest issues at Arsenal‘Everybody knows what Giampaolo thinks of Dennis. For now, I can’t say anything else,’ said Riha.‘AC Milan is an important brand, it’s a big name. But there are also other clubs that want to sign him, especially abroad, they’ve already shown their interest.’On whether Arsenal specifically had lodge a formal interest in Praet, he said: ‘I can’t add anything else now, I think you can understand.‘Dennis is a complete footballer and he is ready to join a big club.‘There are many clubs interested, we’ll know everything in a few weeks.’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 Advertisement 1/1 1 min. story Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Video Settings More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Skip Read More Coming Next Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 15 Jun 2019 10:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link351Shareslast_img read more

Sam Allardyce tells his Sunderland players their battle is not won

first_img The Black Cats eased themselves out of the drop zone last weekend after back-to-back victories over Crystal Palace and Stoke to hand their new manager three wins in his six games at the helm to date. However, he has been at pains ever since to remind people that the job is far from done, and that fact is brought into sharp focus by a December fixture list which starts with a tough trip to Arsenal on Saturday and also includes fixtures at Chelsea and Manchester City and Liverpool’s visit to Wearside. Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has warned his players they are in a marathon and not a sprint as they attempt to drag themselves clear of Barclays Premier League relegation trouble. Press Associationcenter_img Allardyce said: “We have gone a long way towards trying to get out of the position we are in, but we have still an awful long way to go. “At the minute, we have won the sprint, but we are in the marathon, don’t forget, so we have still got a long way to go to pick up more and more points as quickly as possible. “We have slightly helped and relieved the situation, but we are still in deep, deep relegation trouble that we have to make sure we get out of as quickly as we possibly can.” Sunderland have drawn 0-0 on three of their last trips to meet the Gunners, and memorably secured their top-flight status last season with the most recent of them. They have made something of a habit of prospering against the big guns during tense conclusions at the end of the last three campaigns to fend off relegation, but Allardyce admits they cannot rely on similar heroics every year. He said: “It’s been done in the past here, I know, but that is the most difficult way to do it. Pick your points up against the teams in and around you in that bottom eight – that relieves the pressure when you play the Arsenals.” Sunderland are currently scouring the market in preparation for the January transfer window with loans with an option to buy likely to be their approach, and Allardyce knows what happens on the pitch over the next few weeks could impact upon that. He said: “Some players won’t want to up sticks wherever they are and come and join a relegation battle, so you have got to do a lot of research and a lot of finding out what exactly the criteria are for them to come and make you better than you already are. “It’s always been a difficult window to work in, but even more difficult when you are in the relegation zone.” last_img read more