Between May and June, we’ve covered some reports from Italy saying Arsenal were interested in signing two players from Sampdoria.
Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen were said the be targets, and some claims said the Gunners could pay up to €50m to get the duo.
That didn’t happen, since Praet ended up moving to Leicester City on a €21m deal, while Andersen joined Ligue 1, where he signed for Lyon on a €24m transfer.
Andersen has made two appearances for Lyon so far, and in a long chat with Foot Mercato, he’s talked a lot about how happy he is to have joined the club.
The 23-year-old was obviously asked about the many sides who chased him in the summer, with Arsenal being the only one getting mentioned, and, in his answer, the player may have given a hint as to why he chose not to join the Gunners.
“There were good clubs, but Lyon were the best choice for me. I wanted to develop as a player, play the Champions League, be in a top team that fights for the title and Lyon was the best solution.”
Arsenal spent almost €40m on two defenders this summer, having signed William Saliba from Saint Etienne (who returned to the French side on a season-long loan) and David Luiz from Chelsea.