Arsenal seal deal as Sambi Lokonga undergoes medical ahead of £17m transfer
Arsenal are on the verge of completing a €20 million (£17.2m) deal to sign Anderlecht midfielder Sambi Lokonga, according to reports.
Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen his midfield options this summer as the Gunners have already lost Dani Ceballos, while Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira are both expected to be sold.
Lokonga has been identified by Arsenal as a viable replacement and the Gunners have now reached an agreement with Anderlecht.
According to widespread reports in Belgium, Lokonga is in London on Friday to undergo his medical with Arsenal and to finalize his move to the Premier League.
Lokonga is regarded as one of the brightest young prospects in Belgium after making his first-team breakthrough at Anderlecht and captained the team last season.
Reports also claim that Thierry Henry, who returned as a coach with Belgium’s national team for Euro 2020, has personally recommended Lokonga to Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Arsenal also trying to bolster their defensive options and a third offer has now been submitted to Brighton for Ben White.
Arteta is understood to view White as a future Arsenal captain and the Gunners have already seen their opening two offers for the 23-year-old turned down, including one worth £42m upfront plus an additional £4m in add-ons.
Arsenal’s improved offer now stands at £54m, with £48m to be paid upfront plus a further £6m in performance-related bonuses.
Arsenal are also targeting Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, but the Portugal international is valued at £35m.