Arsenal leading the chase to sign 21 year-old Belgian midfielder

Sambi Lokonga could be on the move this summer, with Arsenal claimed to have shown the strongest interest in his capture.

The midfielder is currently on the standby list for Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squad ahead of the upcoming European Championships, having impressed with Anderlecht this season.

Lokonga plays predominantly as a defensive-minded central midfielder, but isn’t shy of getting himself further up the pitch either.

The 21 year-old picked up three goals and two assists in his 27 Belgian Pro League outings this term and recently admitted to DHNet that he was ready to move on if the right offer came along.

Last month, he said: “I will not go to a club which is inferior to Anderlecht, nor to a club of the same level. I will only leave Anderlecht if all the ingredients are there. Yes, I feel ready to take a step forward and to rub shoulders with great players. But everything will depend on the proposals that will be made during this summer.”

Arsenal are expected to add to their midfield ranks in the close-season, with Dani Ceballos‘s return to Real Madrid at the end of his loan deal having left a gap in the playing squad, and Lokonga could well be given the chance to fill that hole, with DHNet naming us as the most interested in his signature at present.

Patrick

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  1. MHR says:

    Could be a very shrewd signing. Relatively unknown player, and how many just like him have Arsenal signed in the past who have turned out to be superstars.

  2. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

    Interesting prospect who has been scouted by some of Europe’s big boys, but certainly not a finished project by any stretch…guess it would depend on the financials, which presently appear to be in the neighborhood of 15M, and what assurances he would require in order to put pen to paper…I’ve watched him play on several occasions on Dazn and he certainly makes an impression, it’s just difficult to properly evaluate considering the League itself…that said, the success rate of those coming from the Jupiter has been on the rise in recent years so this might be a savvy piece of business, as long as it’s not being considered solely because it’s the cheapest option

    1. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

      product not project

      1. Grandad says:

        Agree with your views T RVL.He is not unlike Bissouma in many ways , but has not of course been tested in a competitive League.Plenty of scope for development but I like the way he glides across the pitch with little apparent effort.For 15m , would be a very decent buy.

  3. Loose Cannon says:

    The benchmark being Granit Xhaka at the moment, this lad would do a fantastic job over Granit. Go get him, these are the talents we should be on the lookout for. A better alternative to the 40M Bissoma. Under Mikel’s tutelage, he would have a great future in the game. Gety rid of Granit for the 15M something Roma wants and hire this lad. A fail proof investment.

  4. TOM says:

    Granit Xhaka is an arsenal player not ready to let go.
    a player who can play more than two places we don’t let him go,arsenal need a player like emi buendia and houssem auoar to change identity and may be like challage for tropies.

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