Arsenal all set to sign defender Anderson after target confirms ‘time to further his career’

Arsenal transfer target Joachim Andersen believes it is ‘time to further his career’, amid speculation Unai Emery is keen on a deal.

Arsenal boss Emery only has limited transfer funds in the kitty to improve the side and bring in a number of players that could help the side get back inside the top four spots and back inside the Champions League.

And one player that has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates is that of Anderson, who has been making all the right headlines for Sampdoria this season.

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, but are expected to head back in over the next few months.

‘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.

‘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.

‘But most importantly I haven’t forgotten how to play ball. That means I’m still comfortable in possession while I have developed as a defender.

‘My position is good and of course I’m pretty tall [193cm], which gives me an advantage in the air. I’m not going to tell you what I had to work on – let the strikers see if they can find out themselves!’

The centre-half may not be the superstar that Emery needs to improve his squad, but the lad is top-class and would add some much needed quality to the Gunners back line.

So if there is a real chance to get this deal done, Arsenal should take it, especially as he would not cost a lot of money to acquire.

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