Newcastle have been interested in signing 24-year-old Sampdoria attacking midfielder Dennis Praet for the last several transfer windows.
And Calciomercato reported yesterday that Newcastle are still interested in signing the former Anderlecht playmaker.
But Newcastle now face competition from some massive clubs also pursuing the midfielder, and they include Juventus, Inter-Milan, Napoli, and Atletico Madrid.
Dennis Praet – Juventus, Inter and Napoli all interested
The once-capped Belgian International also wants to stay in Italy and doesn’t seem interested in playing in the Premier League for a big club like Newcastle.
Sampdoria would like to keep him in Genoa, but that may mean a new contract with increased wages which is what his agent is pushing for.
Our best chance of signing Praet was probably last summer, but Newcastle didn’t have the money to do that.
Or that’s what we were told.
Praet joined Anderlecht as a 16-year-old, and he stayed there for six years and played for all the Belgium youth sides.
He gained one full cap for Belgium back in 2014 in a Euro qualifier against Wales.
When he was a teenager, he was one of the best young players in Europe but hasn’t yet fulfilled his enormous potential.
But with the player wanting to stay in Italy and three big Italian clubs interested in signing him we don’t think it’s plausible he will be coming to Newcastle this summer.
What do you think?