Arsenal’s midfield search this summer has seen plenty of names mentioned, but perhaps one of the most interesting is Albert Sambi Lokonga.
The 21 year old has been touted as a possible arrival, and this morning a report in the Belgian press says that a bid has been made. It has been rejected by Anderlecht, but they are willing to consider further offers for the midfielder.
Anderlecht have rejected Arsenal’s first offer for Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi-Lokonga (21).
Arsenal offered more than €15m (bonuses included). The Belgian club are hoping for €20m.#AFC
— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) June 15, 2021
The Gunners put down €15m + bonuses, a figure not sufficient to tempt Anderlecht into a sale, as they look for something closer to €20m. There is also competition for his signing with clubs from France and Germany reportedly interested in the player.
Lokonga is apparently keen to move on this summer, and as Arsenal look to reshape midfield, the arrival of a 21 year old who can grow and develop at the club is the kind of signing that would speak to a medium-long term recruitment strategy.
There was no comment from either club, unsurprisingly, but in a summer where there’s no probably no smoke without fire with regards many of the players we’re being linked to, perhaps someone has set the kindling going on this one.
We previously gave this one a non-committal 5 on the Poo-O-Meter in a previous transfer round up, so let’s get a little more solid with a cautiously optimistic 4 now.