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Arsenal agree personal terms with Anderlecht star Albert Sambi Lokonga on five-year deal in £15m transfer


ARSENAL are set to complete a deal for Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, according to reports.

Lokonga, 21, has reportedly signed a five-year contract with the Gunners and will become Mikel Arteta’s first signing of the summer.

Albert Sambi Lokonga looks set to move to The Emirates

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Albert Sambi Lokonga looks set to move to The EmiratesCredit: Getty
Mikel Arteta has his eye on a number of players but Lokonga could be the first to arrive

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Mikel Arteta has his eye on a number of players but Lokonga could be the first to arriveCredit: PA

Arsenal have agreed a £15million fee plus add ons with the Belgian outfit; negotiations are in the final stages and a medical is still to be completed.

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But it is only the finer details of the deal that need to be thrashed out, so Lokonga should be an Arsenal player soon, reports Fabrizio Romano.

The Gunners have been chasing a midfielder all summer with Brighton’s Yves Bissouma and Wolves’ Ruben Neves both rumoured to join.

But Lokonga, who is able to play in central and defensive midfield, is the man Arteta has placed his faith in.

Now the Spaniard could look to improve other areas of the squad.

Targeting Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares suggests a back-up for Kieran Tierney is a priority while Arsenal are also chasing England star Ben White.

But in order for Arteta to bring in his key targets sporting director Edu may need to sell players first.

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Alexandre Lacazette is one player the Gunners are keen to sell and the club is willing to accept a reduced fee to get his £182,000 a week salary off the wage bill.

He could leave alongside Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira as the club looks to raise £75m.

William Saliba and Matteo Guendouzi have already agreed to join Marseille on loan with the latter agreeing an option to sign for the French side permanently next year.

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