Comment Advertisement Lucas Torreira’s former midfield partner Dennis Praet talks up transfer amid Arsenal interest Lucas Torreira was at Sampdoria with Arsenal transfer target Dennis Praet (Picture: Getty)Dennis Praet has confirmed he has an agreement with Sampdoria and can leave this summer if the Italian club receives a suitable offer.The reported Arsenal transfer target was first identified as a potential signing by Arsene Wenger after Praet impressed against the Gunners playing for Anderlecht in the Champions League five years ago.Praet has subsequently enhanced his reputation in Serie A with Sampdoria where he formed a solid midfield partnership with Lucas Torreira, before the Uruguayan moved to north London after last summer’s World Cup.‘I want to move to a top club in one of the four top leagues,’ he told HLN. ‘I don’t have a release clause, but Sampdoria have verbally agreed to grant me a move if an interesting offer arrives.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 5 Jun 2019 11:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4kShares Joachim Andersen is also said to be a reported transfer target for Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has been handed a modest £40million budget to work with this summer, but that total may yet be boosted by player sales.Regardless, the Spaniard will look to reinforce his midfield options given the departure of Aaron Ramsey, who was permitted to join Juventus on a free transfer.Mohamed Elneny is also likely to leave the club, despite the Egypt international having signed a new long-term contract last year, while Granit Xhaka’s future is a matter of increasing speculation with Inter said to have registered an interest in the former Borussia Munchengladbach skipper.Emery is also desperate to strengthen a defence which shipped 51 Premier League goals last season and has also targeted a move for Praet’s Sampdoria teammate Joachim Andersen.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal
Press Association Not suited by a race that essentially turned into a sprint and ultimately saw first-past-the-post Ebanoran demoted to second behind Fascinating Rock, O’Brien’s charge was not disgraced in third, beaten two and three-quarter lengths. Hills cut his price for Epsom on June 7 to 8-1, having been 10-1 and 12-1. Ladbrokes went 7-1 from 12-1. His stablemate Australia remains the 4-6 favourite with Hills, and 4-5 at Ladbrokes. William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke said: “Large bets on Ballydoyle inmates aren’t uncommon, but given this is a sizeable bet against the favourite, it’s really captured our attention.” In a market without Australia, Hills make Geoffrey Chaucer the 4-1 favourite, while Ladbrokes go 11-4 (from 4-1). Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “The ‘without Australia’ market was a wide-open heat until recently but punters have moved decisively to make Geoffrey Chaucer favourite. “The latest shake-up in both markets suggests he’ll be the runner to give hot favourite Australia the most to think about on the day.” Reflecting on Geoffrey Chaucer’s Leopardstown return at Ballydoyle press day earlier this month, O’Brien said: “They walked first of all at and then it was bumping cars in the straight. It was just a pity. “You’re happy enough when you get beat if you learn something but nobody learned anything. “We are very happy with him. He’s doing everything very well. “There was plenty of hustle and bustle and he won’t get that at Epsom.” William Hill reported a “sizeable” each-way bet on the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt on Thursday, with similarly positive noises regarding support coming from Ladbrokes. A son of the late Montjeu, he won both his starts at two before reappearing in what proved to be a dramatic renewal of the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown. Geoffrey Chaucer has been proving very popular in the ante-post market on the Investec Derby.