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Arsenal transfer round-up: Albert Lokonga deal ‘imminent’ but Eduardo Camavinga blow dealt


A season of disappointment in the Premier League means that an overhaul is due at Arsenal over this summer’s transfer window.

The Gunners finished eighth in the top-flight last term, having flirted with the relegation zone at the start of the season.

As a result, boss Mikel Arteta is looking to refresh his underperforming squad, though the Gunners are yet to make a signing.

Several moves are in the pipeline and nearing completion, with players such as Matteo Guendouzi and Granit Xhaka set to depart the Emirates in return.

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Here, Mirror Football rounds up the latest Arsenal transfer news…

Lokonga deal ‘imminent’

Arsenal are close to signing Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht
Arsenal are close to signing Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht

Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht, with the 21-year-old set to miss the start of the Belgian side’s pre-season training camp.

The Gunners are searching for a partner for Thomas Partey in defensive midfield, with Lokonga identified as the man to fill that role.

Anderlecht are scheduled to travel to Alkmaar in the Netherlands for a six-day training camp, but DH claim that Lokonga will not be included in their squad.

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According to Walfoot, Lokonga has remained in Belgium because his transfer move to Arsenal is now “imminent”.

Personal terms are said to have already been agreed between the midfielder and the Gunners, with the player waiting to fly to London to complete the move.

The 21-year-old is understood to want to make the deal official ‘as soon as possible’.

Tavares transfer closing in

Nuno Tavares has arrived in London ahead of his move to Arsenal
Nuno Tavares has arrived in London ahead of his move to Arsenal

Nuno Tavares’ move to Arsenal is expected to be completed this week after the full-back flew to London over the weekend.

The Portuguese will arrive as Kieran Tierney’s back-up at left-back, to help cover the Scot’s absences through injury.

Tavares has long been a target of Arsenal’s having impressed at Benfica having graduated from the club’s academy in 2019.

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According to the Evening Standard, the 21-year-old has now flown into England’s capital and is currently quarantining.

Personal terms are said to have already been agreed, with Tavares set to cost Arsenal as much as £8.5million.

The Gunners hope that the deal will be completed in time for Tavares to link up with the squad for their pre-season training camp in Scotland, which begins next week.

Camavinga blow

Eduardo Camavinga has been a long-term target of Arsenal
Eduardo Camavinga has been a long-term target of Arsenal

Arsenal’s transfer plans have been dealt a serious blow with reports that Manchester United have opened talks with Eduardo Camavinga.

The 18-year-old has impressed for Rennes, becoming a regular in Bruno Génésio’s side as they secured a top six finish in Ligue 1 last term.

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But Camavinga is reportedly ready to leave Roazhon Park, as he enters the final year of his contract with the club.

Mikel Arteta has long been a fan of the midfielder, the Gunners one of the teams interested in signing him.

But Arteta has now been dealt a major blow in his hopes of signing Camavinga, with Fabrizio Romano reporting that United have opened talks with the midfielder.

According to Romano, Rennes would be ready to accept a fee in the region of £26million, with United already in contact over a move.

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