Although there’s no confirmation of a second bid just yet, Albert Sambi Lokonga is expected to sign for Arsenal fairly imminently.
Speaking to Terry Flewers’ on The Football Terrace, HLN’s Kristof Terreur gave an update on his view of Albert Sambi Lokonga’s potential move from Anderlecht to Arsenal, and it all seems pretty positive.
If you recall, Terreur was the one to break the news of Arsenal’s initial bid for Lokonga in the first place. He admitted he hadn’t had any confirmation of a second offer just yet, adding it’s possible we won’t hear much until the deal is done now.
Arsenal reportedly don’t have a lot of competition at this stage of negotiations, so they’re quite sure they’ll get him. The player is keen to move, and Anderlecht really need to sell him for financial reasons.
Anderlecht want €20m, and Arsenal initially offered €15m with add-ons, but a compromise between €17-20m is expected. Check out the video below for the full update from Terreur and his thoughts on the player.
This follows reports from Football.London and The Telegraph’s Sam Dean this week that Arsenal are hopeful of getting the deal done. Goal also confirmed that dialogue is continuing after the first bid was knocked back, with a second offer expected.
Lokonga made 37 appearances for Anderlecht this season, as well as a few for the Belgium u21s. His performances earned him a senior Belgium call-up, but he was the unlucky ’27th man’ at Euro 2020, narrowly missing out on the squad.
The 21-year-old is already captain of his club side, and highly rated by his country (the number-one ranked international side in the world according to FIFA). A promising and dynamic defensive midfielder, it’s perhaps no surprise Arsenal are interested.