Arsenal are close to completing a double swoop for Sampdoria stars Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen, according to reports in Italy.

The Gunners are said to be splashing £42million on midfielder Praet and defender Andersen.

The pair starred for Sampdoria as the club finished ninth in Serie A last season.

Praet could be a replacement for Mesut Ozil, who has been linked with a move away from the Emirates, while Andersen would tighten up a leaky Arsenal defence.

The Gunners conceded 51 Premier League goals last term, with Shkodran Mustafi coming under-fire for his performances.