Arsenal to beat Tottenham in signing solid defender despite another set back

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Tottenham have been offered the opportunity to sign Joachim Andersen after Arsenal failed to follow up their interest in the defender.

Andersen is one of Europe’s most highly-rated defensive prospects with his performances at Sampdoria earning him rave reviews.

Arsenal have weighed up launching a raid on the Serie A side for him and team-mate Denis Praet this summer.

However, the Daily Star indicate the Gunners have opened the door for Andersen to join Tottenham instead by not making a bid.

Having established himself as a first-team regular in Italy, where his reputation as a technical centre-back has blossomed, he believes he needs to assess his options before deciding upon his next steps.

“It could be time for me to further my career,” he told Goal. “I have loved my time in Sampdoria – the fans, the president, the staff, the players, the city – but maybe it’s time to move on to develop further.

“There are a number of interested clubs from Europe’s biggest leagues who are discussing with my agent and I’ll be making a decision shortly together with my family and my agent.”

The former Twente star, however, spoke of the importance that Samp are amply rewarded for the way they have helped his career grow since he moved there in 2017.

“It’s very important to me that Sampdoria can also benefit from an eventual transfer. It’s not all about me,” he said. “I have so much to thank this great club for. Without Sampdoria, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I have had to this point.”


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