Many names have been suggested in Arsenal's midfield quest this summer, but Albert Sambi Lokonga is probably the most intriguing.
The 21-year-old has been mentioned as a potential addition, and a report in the Belgian press this morning claims that a proposal has been made. Anderlecht has turned down the deal, although they are open to other bids for the midfielder.
Anderlecht have rejected Arsenal’s first offer for Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi-Lokonga (21).— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) June 15, 2021
Arsenal offered more than €15m (bonuses included). The Belgian club are hoping for €20m.#AFC
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The Gunners offered €15 million plus bonuses, but that was not enough to persuade Anderlecht to sell, as they were looking for closer to €20 million. There is also rivalry for his signature, with clubs from France and Germany said to be keen.
Lokonga is reportedly willing to leave Arsenal this summer, and as the Gunners attempt to reorganize their midfield, the addition of a 21-year-old who can grow and develop with the club is the type of signing that speaks to a long-term recruitment strategy.
Unsurprisingly, neither team responded, but in a summer where there's likely no smoke without fire with many of the players we're being linked to, perhaps someone has started the fire on this one.