Praet would be a classy midfield option for Unai Emery this summer

As reported by Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio, Arsenal are interested in signing Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet this summer.

What’s the story?

The arrival of a new manager at the Emirates Stadium is exciting for supporters, who crave a fresh look to the Gunners and want to see a busy transfer window as Unai Emery looks to put his stamp on the first team squad.

One player on their radar is Dennis Praet.

That’s according to Gianluca di Marzio, who reports that Arsenal have already had discussions about potentially signing the Belgian midfielder and could activate his £21.8m release clause to bring him to London.

Is he the kind of signing Arsenal need to push on and compete for trophies next term?

What would Praet offer?

Arsenal have lacked a midfield spoiler for too long now. Even the defensive minded Granit Xhaka has failed to truly convince supporters he has what it takes to protect the Gunners’ backline and Praet could go some way towards fixing that problem.

Averaging 2.7 tackles and 1.2 interceptions every match in Serie A last season, collated by WhoScored, Praet is a player who is not afraid to get stuck into the opposition. In fact, his tackle average for 2017/18 was in the top ten of the entire Italian top-flight and higher than anyone in the Arsenal squad, including defenders.

Another key strength is his ability to retain possession and turn defence into attack, also averaging 1.8 dribbles, a key pass and a shot per game.

That all-round ability makes him a classy option for Arsenal this summer as they look to compete for silverware next season, especially at the reported £21.8m asking price.