Report: Club do not expect Arsenal target Albert Sambi Lokonga to return for pre-season
Arsenal target Albert Sambi Lokonga is not expected to return to Anderlecht for the start of pre-season amid speculation surrounding a potential move to the Emirates, according to a report from HLN.
The Gunners have been linked with Lokonga for a few weeks now. The 21-year-old was reportedly recommended to Arsenal by Thierry Henry. The club legend has worked with the midfielder with the Belgian national team.
Lokonga was on the standby list for Euro 2020.
Talks appear to be continuing over a potential move. According to HLN, Anderlecht want £17.2 million for the youngster.
It is claimed that discussions over a fee have dragged on for a couple of weeks. Nevertheless, it appears that the Belgian side are braced for Lokonga to leave.
According to HLN, Lokonga is not expected to return to the club for pre-season.
Arsenal on cusp of superb window amid Lokonga links
It does appear that Arsenal may soon be able to announce a number of deals.
As well as Lokonga, they have been heavily linked with Ben White.
Meanwhile, The Athletic reported that they were interested in the likes of Aaron Ramsdale, Miguel Gutierrez and Mert Mulder.
Obviously, fans will be happier when new faces are through the door. They need to get those deals across the line.
But it is arguably the kind of overhaul Mikel Arteta’s squad needs.
Players such as Lokonga and White are serious prospects. And they should improve significantly. Lokonga only turns 22 later this year.
Of course, a fee for Lokonga still needs to be agreed. But the signs remain positive.
Anderlecht clearly believe that he is on his way.
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