Arsenal return with second bid for Anderlecht’s Lokonga

Second bid for Lokonga launched

Arsenal have made their second offer for Anderlecht’s Albert Sambi Lokonga, according to reports.

The Belgian reporter Sven Claes and English reporter Chris Wheately have both confirmed the news on Monday morning.

The offer is believed to be €14m + €3m in bonuses (add ons). The midfielder is highly coveted across Europe, with German giants Bayern Munich also credited to hold an interest.

Although that bid is unlikely to be accepted, there is confidence in both the camps that the deal can be wrapped up imminently.

The young Belgian midfielder made it to the 33-man provisional squad of Belgium for the ongoing Euros, but failed to make the final draft.

With the squad that Roberto Martinez has on his disposal, getting selected in the provisional squad is still a big feat for a 21-year-old.

The central midfielder, who is technically good on the ball, made 37 appearances for Vincent Kompany’s team in the last campaign.

The 21-year-old also has a dressing room voice, after already taking over the armband at Anderlecht.

People who have regularly watched the player, compare himself to the young Yaya Toure and former Arsenal player Samir Nasri.

And if he’s anywhere close to their level, he will certainly have a good career.

Yash Bisht

Tags Anderlecht Belgium lokonga

17 Comments

  1. Yash Bisht says:

    I am excited about this player!! What do you guys think? Looking forward to your opinions…

  2. LUCKY JAMES says:

    I don’t have issues with Arsenal signing Young players.Sambi Longoga is definitely a future prospect but I want Arsenal to go for big name players like Maddison,Neves and probably Bissouma

    1. Adiva says:

      When did Bissouma and Navas becomes big names. The way we big up other clubs players and ridicule ours is baffling to me. Not that I rate Xhaka that much but Neves has not on him. Bissouma maybe what we need but it is no world class and the boy Sambi will do as much as him.

    2. Loose Cannon says:

      I beg to disagree – past big names e.g. Ozil, Xhaka, Laca, Willian, Petr Check, won us a big fat ZERO. Except PEA, the rest did nothing worth their transfer fee or wages. We are not MC or CFC to hire and fire players, currently every player we hired, has been transfered at a loss except Giroud, which was a big mistake to let him go and keeping Laca who cannot even make it to the French squad while Giroud takes to the pitch and scores (remember that EL final goal at Baku? Many fans often blamed him to cover up the laziness of their poster boy who helped a certain Turkish team to fall from potential champs to third place). If this lad has the skills of Nasri, then we should hire him. Would never be more worse than Xhaka or Neves

      1. Awhy says:

        It’s better we focus on Arsenal and leave those who are already Arsenal past than blaming them for Arsenal’s failure. If someone that played 10 out of 40 matches is to be blamed for his team 3rd position finish, who do we blame for our finishing 8th and totally loose out of all European competition? It’s high time we looked inwards and find lasting solutions to our issues rather than blaming everyone and their dogs.

        1. Awhy says:

          *loosing*

  3. Sean M says:

    This is the kind of signing I hope we make more of. Skipping the stage where a smaller club increases their value from 10 to 50 mill.

  4. Declan says:

    Don’t know much about him but looks decent on YouTube, but then again, even Mbappé looks good on YouTube 😜

  5. gunnerforlife says:

    The player seems to be promising and if Arsenal get him it will be great, but for that Arsenal has to be proactive, other teams are lurking. One positive is that the player himself wants to join Arsenal.

  6. Son says:

    Like one of the earlier comments, i think this is the kind of deal Arsenal should pursuing alongside the bigger name, these marquee signings can prove to be the difference in squad depth and balance in the near future.
    I hope the management move swiftly to complete this deal, it’s looking like this would be Arsenal’s first signing this summer.

    Excited about our link for Andre Silva, he’s the sought of striker fit for the EPL and at £35m valuation it may turn out to be a real bergain, i hope it develops beyond rumors.

  7. Goonster says:

    He plays a bit like Partey.
    Nothing spectacular.

  8. Wayne says:

    Too much pinching. Just pay the fee and GET THE DEAL DONE. These times are different. When Arsenal is going to learn ?Waiting for another mess up.

  9. jon fox says:

    I predict with a deal of confidence that he will very soon be our player. A good buy he will be too. Once a club bids a second time, it is rare for that player to not then come on board, even if it first needs further bids.

  10. Juli says:

    I would prefer Locateli to Samba

  11. Reggie says:

    The article mentions Bayern Munich is interested in him, Bayer leverkusen and not BM are interested in him. It would be a massive step up to come to Arsenal, he wants regular football and that could be a problem at Arsenal. Arsenal will offer a higher financial package than anyone else but that has been a problem in the past. Hope we dont buy another over hyped over paid under achiever. I know we have to take these chances but we cant afford too many more mistakes.

  12. Femyk says:

    Signing him spell the end for Guendouzi and Maitland-Niles. He is a good prospect.

  13. Jaykiller cocu says:

    when
    will arsenal complete the signing of lokonga

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