Arsenal are expected to make an official offer for Joachim Andersen at some point this summer.
The north London club are reported to have failed with a joint £44million bid for the Denmark international centre-half and his Sampdoria teammate Dennis Praet.
And the Sampdoria centre-half appears to have an issued Unai Emery a come get me plea after revealing to Goal that he’s ready for a new challenge.
After breaking his silence on his situation, Andersen confirmed his agent is holding talks with a number of interested parties and he will soon make a final decision on where his future lies.
‘It could be time for me to further my career. 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.
‘It’s very important to me that Sampdoria can also benefit from an eventual transfer. It’s not all about me. 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.
‘I have dreams of playing in the biggest clubs in the world and the biggest leagues in the world – I’m lucky enough to already be playing in one of them.
‘I think I have a pretty broad football education and I don’t see why I shouldn’t be able to adopt to most leagues – but I’m not saying it would be easy.
‘I have learned a lot. I grew up in Denmark and Holland playing with a lot of possession. When I came to Italy, I learned a new part of the defending game, which added a new layer to my football education.
Arsenal are expected to have Tottenham and AC Milan for uncomfortable company in their efforts to sign Andersen. The defender who made 32 Serie A appearances in 2018/19 is in high demand.