CalcioMercato are reporting today that Newcastle target Dennis Praet is likely to be a target of Italian club Inter-Milan this summer.
Newcastle have been linked with Praet since early 2016, even before Rafa Benitez arrived at the club,
But Rafa rates the 24-year-old once capped Belgian International playmaker highly.
Praet joined Sampdoria from Anderlecht almost two years ago, and Rafa made an effort to sign him last summer.
It was not possible because even though he was one of Rafa’s top targets – Newcastle couldn’t afford him.
How many times have we heard that one?
Dennis Praet – Newcastle summer target
Praet has played well at Sampdoria, and during his time there he’s appeared 68 times with two goals and four assists.
Rafa wants to improve the creativity of the Newcastle midfield and it’s expected that Rafa will bring in a central attacking midfielder to challenge Jonjo Shelvey next season.
And central midfielder Jack Colback’s career at his hometown club appears to be over.
Former Anderlecht star Dennis Praet would be a good signing but the question will be how much is he valued at by Sampdoria.
In January there were reports that Juventus had agreed a deal to sign him for less than the €25M release clause reported to be in his contract.
At the time Praet did not deny the Juventus interest and told Tuttosport this when asked about the Italian giant’s interest:
“Yes, but it wasn’t like they wrote, that everything is done,”
“The interest of Juventus is pleasing but they’re just words for now.”
“I’m very happy here, even though things have gone less well in recent times.”
Playing well in Serie A seems to be attracting some top Italian clubs to Praet.
We’ll have to see if Rafa still rates the player as a top target and that will depend on the transfer funds he is given by the owner for this summer.
But Rafa definitely wants a playmaker brought in this summer.
Whether we will be able to afford Praet could become the question to be answered.
What do you think?