Arsenal submit new €21.5m package for Belgian midfielder

Joshua Hall
Albert Sambi Lokonga Arsenal
Albert Sambi Lokonga

Arsenal have launched a second bid for Albert Sambi Lokonga believed to be in the region of €17.5millon as the Gunners look to add the youngster to their midfield.

The bid for the Anderlecht midfielder also includes add-ons which are said to be around €4million in bonuses.

Arsenal had previously seen a bid rejected by the Belgian club of around £12milion, but will hope the new revised offer will persuade Anderlecht to sell.

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The news was broken by trusted journalist Fabrizio Romano who has also revealed an agreement is still to be reached between the two clubs.

Romano has reported that Anderlecht want a 15% sell on fee inserted into the deal so they can recoup some money if Lokonga is sold by Arsenal in the future.

Lokonga made 27 league appearances for the third-placed team last season scoring three times and registering two assists.

Anderlecht are reportedly resigned to the fact the 21-year-old will leave the club this summer, but are just hoping for the right fee that matches their valuation of the player.

Arsenal are also interested in Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares with Romano reporting that the deal is edging closer to completion.

The North London club are hoping to sign Tavares as a back up for Kieran Tierney who has just signed a new long-term contract to stay at the Emirates until 2025.

It is believed that Tavares has an asking price of around £12.8million and that Arsenal have already agreed personal terms with the Portuguese 21-year-old.

Mikel Arteta is looking to shake things up at Arsenal who had a disappointing eighth-placed finish last season with Brighton’s Ben White also expected to make the switch to London in a deal with £50million.

The summer is likely to see a lot of outgoings from the Emirates Stadium too with Hector Bellerin, Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi all expected to complete transfers away from the club soon.