Arsenal to lose running for £26m-rated central defender

Manchester United are ready to bid for newly-emerged Arsenal target Joachim Andersen after Jose Mourinho was convinced by his fitness coach to sign the central defender.

Stefano Rapetti joined Mourinho at Old Trafford in the summer as the club’s new fitness coach and has first-hand knowledge of Joachim Andersen’s ability.

The Italian worked at Sampdoria with the 22-year-old before arriving at Manchester United, and personally recommended the youngster to Mourinho.

Sampdoria are willing to sell the central defender but will be hoping for a bidding war with Arsenal, Tottenham and Inter Milan credited with an interest.

La Repubblica claims Jose Mourinho has already decided to bid for the Denmark international and an offer could soon arrive.

Sampdoria are ready to block any moves for Joachim Andersen in the winter window, as the club do not want to disrupt their squad mid-way through the campaign.

But the Italian club value Danish star at £26 million and will listen to offers in the summer as Unai Emery is preparing for defensive reinforcements with Laurent Koscielny willing to exit in the winter and the Gunners needing more quality in that area.