Arsenal are set to up their combined bid to Sampdoria for Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen, according to Italian outlet Samp News 24.
They report that the Gunners have already made a 42 million euro (£37.2 million) swoop, which was turned away and are all ready to raise their offer.
The Gunners will apparently pay 50 million euros (£44.3 million) for the pair, and that figure satisfies Sampdoria chief Doriano Massimo Ferrero’s asking price.
Arsenal likely had to adjust their transfer target and budgets in accordance with their failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
And given that Unai Emery had to cope with a World Cup summer before his first season in charge at the Emirates Stadium, it’s key that he can have a smoother pre-season window this time around as he seeks to reshape his squad.
Beating Tottenham to Andersen’s signature would be a welcome coup, but if the duo can bolster Emery’s defensive and midfield ranks, then that’s the most important aspect.
The Gunners cannot afford another season outside the Champions League spots and will hope that the Serie A duo can make the grade in north London – provided they can get them over the line.