Football Insider claims Arsenal target has agreed terms over a move

Albert Sambi Lokonga is claimed to have agreed a contract with Arsenal ahead of his proposed move to North London, with a fee still to be agreed with Anderlecht.

The Gunners have been strongly linked with the capture of the midfielder, who is currently on standby for Roberto Martinez’s Belgium side.

The 21 year-old is highly rated in his homeland, so much so that he has risen to club captain for the Belgian giants, but the cash-strapped club has been forced to consider his departure.

Arsenal are in need of at least one central midfield addition following the departure of Dani Ceballos to Real Madrid, who enjoyed two seasons with the club on loan before returning to the Spanish capital, while Granit Xhaka is also currently being linked with a possible exit.

The Football Insider also claims that we are closing in on Ben White’s signature also, but it id Lokonga’s deal which is closest to getting over the line at present.

The report insists that a £13 Million bid has already been turned down by Anderlecht, but an improved offer including add-ons is hoped to convince the Purple & White to agree.

Could Lokonga be the ideal partner to bring the best out of Thomas Partey?

Patrick

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11 Comments

  1. Ackshay says:

    Happy to see all of our targets are in the 20-25 age group. Buying 30+ player once upon a time is good for experience as we have a really strong group of youngsters coming up. E.g david luiz did a lot to integrate new players and be a dressing room leader but we can get a willian who contributes little to nothing.

    1. Grandad says:

      At least 8 players are known to be available for sale, but as yet, not one firm offer has emerged.To me this casts doubts as to the quality of the individuals concerned yet according to the Chief Executive of the anti Arteta brigade, he contends that our squad is the strongest we have had for a decade? As to the impending acquisition of Lokonga who is highly rated by Vincent Kompany and Henri, I think this will prove to be a shrewd piece of business .Lokonga who glides over the park, like Bissouma, is an all purpose central midfielder who just missed out in inclusion to the full Belgium Euro squad which is one of the strongest in the competition.His signing should not deter Arsenal from signing Bissouma and a more attacking midfielder to complete the much needed revamp of an area where we have been lacking pace for some time.Hopefully Joe Willock will also push hard for a place in midfield to support Partey, ESR, and the new recruits.Defensively we did reasonably well last season and if we can upgrade the midfield area ,I am optimistic we can really challenge any side in the EPL.

  2. S.J says:

    Watched a few of his videos on youtube. Seems like he is still quite raw to me, but with proper coaching, discipline, and hard work he can improve and turn out to be a good player.

    Hopefully, if signed he will turn out to be good business.

  3. lugdush says:

    If we get him i dont see us getting camavinga…getting two very young playera to the dame position, one of those very expensive, dont make a Lot of sense, especially taking in account how many places we need to coup, how many players are going and how many Money de hace avalabable (kroenkes factor).

    Until now, too many roumors, nothing concrete and se have a lesser team than last season

  4. Sylva says:

    Still trying to buy untested player for the future can Lokonga bench Granite Xaka? I’m not sure I can trust Edu & Arteta this transfer window to sign a maker player. We are still watching.

    1. jon fox says:

      Well, unlike you, they have proved they both knew about the top quality that was Tierney BEFORE signing him, You, ludicrously, thought that few had heard of Tierney when at Celtic. What you should have said was that YOU had not heard of him.

      1. Fat one says:

        Lol Emery was the boss when we signed Tierney not Arteta

    2. Sue says:

      Oh dear, Sylva, looks like some have forgotten Emery was boss when we bought Tierney!

      1. Ahmad73 says:

        Good one Sue!

  5. 03 gooner says:

    This one seems like a matter of time then. I like the rumour with franck kessie as well, who I would prefer over bissouma personally

  6. Sean says:

    I see this as a like for like move for Matteo leaving, has all the talent just didnt work under Mikel. £13m for Guendouzi and around £17 for Lokonga, both have big potential.
    Pays for itself really along with Torriera leaving and Danny going back to Madrid.

    Also hes a leader this young man so if hes any better than Xhaka then this is an upgrade on what we have to Partner Partey.

    SmithRowe & Teirney new deals along with already signed Holding, Saka, Martinelli, Balogun plus Gabriel & Partey have just been here for one season. So contract wise we have a good core on long term deals plus Lokonga & whatever other signings we make.

    We need to make decisions on Willock, Niles, Nketiah, Laca & Auba.

    Willian, Elneny, Bellerin, Kolasnic all have to be sold to add to the departures of Xhaka, Lucas, Matteo, Luiz & Danny/Martin loans.

    Loads of work to be done but nothing done yet.

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