ARSENAL are on the verge of completing the £17.2million signing of Anderlecht star Albert Sambi Lokonga, according to reports.
The Gunners are chasing the midfielder as boss Mikel Arteta attempts to bolster his midfield.
Matteo Guendouzi left for Marseille earlier this week, while Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka are expected to follow the Frenchman out of the door.
According to the BBC, Arsenal are ‘closing in’ on a deal for Lokonga as a replacement.
The Belgium youth international, 21, is expected to pen a five-year deal with the Gunners.
And the final details of his contract are being finalised.
Lokonga is expected to undergo his medical today, with potential further tests tomorrow.
Standing at 6ft, Lokonga has impressed in the middle of the park for Anderlecht.
The Belgian giants know a thing or two about producing top midfielders, with Leicester star Youri Tielemans having come through their academy.
Lokonga debuted for Anderlecht as an 18-year-old back in 2017.
He subsequently suffered a brutal cruciate ligament rupture, but has gone from strength to strength since returning under boss Vincent Kompany.
Lokonga has made 78 appearances for the club in total, scoring three goals and laying on seven assists.
He was called into Roberto Martinez’s senior Belgium squad for the first time back in March.
But after failing to win his first cap during the camp, he didn’t make the Spaniard’s Euro 2020 squad.
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